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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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  • Visited on culture day (Nov 3) where the temple hosts the Tsurumi city culture day events. It was a wonderful way to spend the day mingling with the local residents, trying some great food at the nume...  more »
  • JR Tsurumi station is about 15 minutes walk from Temple of the Soto sect Motoyama. Very widely within the University. Also it is also that famous actor late Yujiro Ishihara's grave.
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  • It is a large temple located 10 minutes walk from Tsurumi station. Fewer tourists and locals within the room to slowly explore the environment. You can walk into the main hall and various Dang, so take a look at pray please.
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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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