About Soufukuji

History of Soufukuji

400 years of history

On March , In the 5th Year of the Keicho era, ( In the Year 1600 : 3 years before Edo shogunate opened by Ieyasu Tokugawa)
Kayama Sogen priest has built the Sofuku Hermitage in Nihonbashi Hamacho.

In the 18th Year of the Keicho era, (In the Year 1613), Sakai Utanokami Taddayo of Ueno Umayabashi Domain has been converted to Buddhism and has built Sofukuji of its main temple Soneiji in Konodai.

In the Year 1657,the Sofukuji was lost by the Great fire of Meireki.
In the reign of Sakai Tadakiyo grandson of Tadayo, the temple has gained around 4,300 square meter and rebuilt temple in Asakua Matsukiyo Town.

Since then, the Sofukuji prosper as Sakai′s family temple in Edo.
Therefore, the Sofukuji use the family emblem of Sakais as the temple emblem.

Sakai family is Tokugawas oldest prominent Fudai Hitto and one of 4 chief minister family of Edo era.
Many chief ministers and council of elders are chosen from the family and has been pointed the role Utanokami.

In Sakai family house garden near Edo castle Ote gate, there is the main grave of Masakado Taira and is enshrined by the family.
Chief priest of Sofukuji has held memorial service in the main grave.

On September in the 12th year of Taisho era, the temple has suffered from the Kanto great earthquake and moved to
Takasago from Asakusa on June in 3rd year of Showa era and rebuilt main temple, main gate and bell tower on the 8th year.

Graves of successive Sakai Utanokami are located at Ryukaiin in Maebashi city in Gunma prefecture.
Here in Sofukuji, there is graves of Sakai Utanokami and Sakai family of Isesaki domain.

海島山
「海島山」
龍海院:おもて
「龍海院:おもて」
龍海院:うら
「龍海院:うら」

About Soutosyu

The Origin

The origin of name of Sotoshu is Two Chinese Zen priest, To of Touzan Ryokai and his disciple So of Souzan Honjyaku
Dougenzenji, the founder of Sotoshu, has moved to Sou in China in the Kamakura Era and studied Zenshu for 5 years, opened Eiheiji in Fukui prefecture in Japan.
Dougenzenji, the founder of Sotoshu, has moved to Sou in China in the Kamakura Era and studied Zenshu for 5 years, opened Eiheiji in Fukui prefecture in Japan.
The teaching has spread to local samurais, powerful families, petty samurais and the general people,
and now Sotoshu has over 15,000 temples throughout Japan.

ご本尊

釈迦牟尼佛(Shakamunibutsu)
南無釈迦牟尼仏(Namushakamunibutsu)

Two Head Temples of Sotoshu

The founder of Sotoshu, Dogen has brought the teaching of Buddhism from China and 4th generation Keizan has spread it all around Japan and built the base of Sotoshu.
We think Dogen is Father and Keizan is Mother as we have parents in our life.
Therefore, there are 2 head temples Eiheiji in Fukui prefecture opened by Dougen and Soujiji in Yokohama city opened by Keizan.

Soujiji:Tsurumichuo, Tsurumi-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Eiheiji:Shihi, Eiheiji-cho Yoshida-gun, Fukui Prefecture