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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chubu - Noto Peninsula
Sojiji Temple 
# 8   of 10 most visited sights
in Noto Peninsula

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The Hakuji Bridge and Sanmon Gate

Located on the Noto Peninsula, Sojiji Temple was once one of the most important temples of Zen Buddhism in all of Japan until its fortunes declined. In 2007, the temple further suffered considerable damage from an earthquake, and some of the temple's structures are presently undergoing repairs.

Sojiji Temple was founded in 1321, and received imperial support from the Emperor Go-Daigo. It became the head temple of the Soto sect, one of the two main sects of Zen Buddhism, and at one point oversaw more than 16,000 temples across the country. In 1898 Sojiji suffered a great fire and the functions of head temple were transferred to the Sojiji Temple in Yokohama. Some buildings did survive, though, and many of those that were destroyed were rebuilt.

The Kyozo Sutra Repository

Upon entering the temple grounds, visitors will pass by the Kyozo, a repository for Buddhist scripture. Afterwards, visitors cross the Hakuji Bridge which leads to the Sanmon Gate, the temple's main gate. The Sanmon Gate stands roughly 17 meters high and dates back to 1932.

After passing the gate, visitors enter the temple's main area, whose buildings encircle an inner courtyard with a small pond and some garden space. A circular route then leads through the various main buildings, including the Butsuden, the temple's main hall, and the Sodo, a meditation hall, both of which were built in the early 20th century. Another important building along the way is the Hatto, whose main object of worship is a statue of the temple's founder.

The Butsuden, the temple's main hall

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How to get there
Sojiji Temple stands next to Sojiji-mae bus stop, the first stop after Monzen bus stop on buses headed for Togi. But the temple can also be conveniently reached from Monzen bus stop in about a 15 minute walk. Due to infrequent bus service, walking from Monzen bus stop to the temple could well be faster than transferring to another bus to reach Sojiji-mae bus stop.

There are direct buses from Wajima to Monzen (35 minutes, 760 yen, 8 buses per day). Access from Wakura Onsen requires taking the Noto Railway to Anamizu (35 minutes, 680 yen, 1 train per hour) and then transferring to a bus bound for Monzen (35 minutes, 690 yen, 9 buses per day). Finally, there are about four direct buses per day from Hakui Station to Sojiji-mae bus stop (90 minutes, about 1530 yen).

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Hours and Fees
Hours:8:00 to 17:00
Closed:No closing days
Admission:400 yen

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