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A sacred place where you are greeted by the grand and stately Sammon gate

A Soto Zen temple in the Monzen area of the city of Wajima. The temple was established in the 14th century, in the middle of the Kamakura period, by the Soto patriarch Keizan Zenji. Thereafter, the temple developed as a major monastic training center, but in 1898, many of the buildings were destroyed by a great fire. That became the impetus for relocating the Soto head temple to Yokohama. At that time, the original temple was renamed Sojiji Soin, and many of the buildings were restored. Even today, the temple is revered as a great sacred place for the Soto sect and its ancestor temple in the Noto region.
The first sight to greet the visitor is the imposing Sammon gate. Rebuilt in 1932 entirely from hinoki cypress wood, the gate is a stately presence standing 17.4 meters high and 20 meters wide, with a depth of 14.4 meters. The many flowers and trees within the temple precincts make it a pleasure to visit in every season. In the spring, the cherry blossoms and azaleas are in bloom, while in the fall, the maples and gingko trees imbue the grounds with gradations from red to gold.

Try the total experience of zazen, shojin ryori, and sermons

Would you like to try the experience of zazen at a sacred site of Soto Zen? Removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, seek to achieve a state of quietude under the guidance of an unsui (trainee monk). The time spent doing zazen can be varied according to one’s level of experience, from beginners to longtime practitioners. A Buddhist snack (ozen) is also available as the noon meal (reservations required). Meals are also considered to be a form of training, a time when one renews one’s awareness of the mind that faces the food. Because you can hear sermons and explanations of the temple buildings, we recommend that you make this experience a part of your visit.
The Zen No Sato community hall is located just five minutes’ walk from Sojiji Soin, and its exhibits use panel models and images to introduce the history of Sojiji and its training in an easily understood way. In addition to displaying valuable historical materials, Zen No Sato also stages several special events.

Sojiji Soin


1-18 Monzen, Monzemmachi, Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture


8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Open daily


Adult, 500 yen; high school student, 300 yen; junior high student, 200 yen; elementary school student, 150 yen




By Monzen Express Bus from JR Kanazawa Sta. to Monzen, about 150 min, then walk about 10 min By car from Anamizu IC, about 20 min

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