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Soji-ji

  • 2-1-1 Tsurumi Map It
  • Tsurumi-ku
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 12/20/2010

Fodor's Review

One of the two major centers of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism, Soji-ji, in Yokohama's Tsurumi ward, was founded in 1321. The center was moved here from Ishikawa, on the Noto Peninsula (on the Sea of Japan, north of Kanazawa), after a fire in the 19th century. There's also a Soji-ji monastic complex at Eihei-ji in Fukui Prefecture. The Yokohama Soji-ji is one of the largest and busiest Buddhist institutions in Japan, with more than 200 monks and novices in residence. The 14th-century patron of Soji-ji was the emperor Go-Daigo, who overthrew the Kamakura Shogunate; the emperor is buried here, but his mausoleum is off-limits to visitors. Nevertheles, you can see the Buddha Hall, the Main Hall, and the Treasure House.

Sight Information

Address:

2-1-1 Tsurumi, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken, 230-0063, Japan

Map It

Phone:

045-581–6021

Sight Details:

  • ¥300
  • Treasure House closed Mon

Published 12/20/2010

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