Sojiji Temple 0

Sojiji is a renowned temple and holy site number 22 of the Saikoku 33 pilgrimage sites. Constructed by Fujiwara no Yamakage, the founder of the "Hochodo" approach to Japanese cooking. The annual Yamakage-ryu Hocho-shiki or "Yamakage-school knife ceremony" is particularly famous.

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  • open

    Visiting hours 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Reception hours 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • holiday

    No designated days closed

Sojiji is a renowned temple and holy site number 22 of the Saikoku 33 pilgrimage sites. It is also a temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect of Buddhism founded in Heian era by Fujiwara no Yamakage. Fujiwara was known by aristocrats of the era as "the father of Hochodo" and the "god of cooking." Motivated to return a favor to a great tortoise that saved his life in childhood, after his father had spared the same tortoise earlier, Yamakage founded the temple in 886. The principal object of worship enshrined within is a many-armed Kannon statue standing atop a tortoise. The temple holds a Yamakage-ryu Hocho-shiki ceremony every year on April 18th, in which the master chef prepares a fish using only chopsticks and a knife, never touching it. The temple grounds also feature a Hocho-zuka butcher knife altar, where worshippers pray to improve at cooking and make offerings of used butcher knives.

  • address

    1-6-1 Sojiji, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, 567-0801
  • transport

    5-minute walk from Sojiji Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line
    5-minute walk from JR Sojiji Station on the JR Tokaido Line
    10 minutes from the Ibaraki Interchange on the Meishin Expressway
  • prices

    Entry: free
    Parking: visitor's parking lot - first 40 minutes ¥300, each subsequent 20 minutes thereafter ¥100
  • average time

    Roughly 40 minutes
  • tel

    072-622-3209 (reception hours 8:00 - 17:00)
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  • general participation

    April 15th to April 21st - Exhibition of the Hibutsu
    April 18th - Yamakage-ryu Hocho-shiki Ceremony
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