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Sōji-ji, Japan

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2 Chome-1-1 Tsurumi
Tsurumi Ward
Kanagawa Prefecture 230-8686

Yokohama, Japan
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N35° 30' 28" E139° 40' 15"   (35.507777777778, 139.67083333333)
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Sōji-ji (總持寺) is one of two daihonzan (大本山, "head temples") 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.


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Address: 2 Chome-1-1 Tsurumi, Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 230-8686, Japan