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Soji-ji Temple, Yokohama

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Sōji-ji is one of two daihonzan of the Sōtō school of Zen Buddhism. The other is Eihei-ji temple in Fukui Prefecture. Fodor's calls it "one of the largest and busiest Buddhist institutions in Japan". The temple was founded in 740 as a Shingon Buddhist temple. Keizan, later known as Sōtō's great patriarch Taiso Jōsai Daishi, founded the present temple in 1321, when he renamed it Sōji-ji with the help and patronage of Emperor Go-Daigo. The temple has about twelve buildings in Tsurumi, part of the port city of Yokohama, one designed by the architect Itō Chūta.HistoryGiving it the name Morooka-dera circa 740, Gyōki (668-749) founded the temple as a Shingon Buddhist temple in Noto, a peninsula on Honshu, Japan's largest island. At that time, the temple was a small chapel within the precincts of a larger Shinto shrine called Morooka Hiko Jinja. By 1296, the temple had grown enough to support a full-time priest and a master ajari named Jōken was assigned there.
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  • JR Tsurumi station: approx. 5-8 minutes of possession. Like the famous Senso-ji Temple, but not private as a tourist location. Japan Sōtō temples of very large scale than I thought. Quietly walk the grounds to explore.
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  • From JR Keihin-Tohoku line Tsurumi station to the entrance of the environment 8 minutes or so, until the main is good transport links, the sect for about 8 minutes. Rather than typical tourist destination has been in a solemn atmosphere of some sort, is a temple recommend. Temple to the right shop and various types of reception and nokyo-sho (300 yen) is treated here. This is where can feel the atmosphere dignified Japan.
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  • Lovely ground, though the middle area where festivals are held is like a gravel-dirt soccer pitch. The architecture is fantastic and lots of green. Worth a trip.
  • Large castle or temple alike buildings. There is a wide path to go up the hill. Special events are held sometimes. A graveyard at the top.
  • Beautiful grounds and temples, perfectly kept and peaceful.
  • Great place to spend the afternoon. Huge temple with lots of history. Easily, one of the biggest in the area.
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