Shomyo-ji Temple

Shomyo-ji Temple © PIXTA

About Shomyo-ji Temple

Shomyo-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Yokohama City. It was built by the military commander Hojo Sanetoki during the Kamakura Period (1185~1333) and the Hojo family’s ancestral tomb is also located here.

Once you pass through the shrine road you will immediately see a Nio statue. This Nio statue is 4m in height and is even more beautiful up close. The Miroku Bosatsu image in the main shrine is designated as important cultural property of Japan.

There is a garden at the temple called the Jodo Teien, this garden is modeled after the Buddhist concept of paradise and contains a pond with an island and a bridge. Every = Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 ~ 15:00 there are free Japanese-language guides available. These guides are provided by the Yokohama Kanazawa City Guide Association, and the guide service is suspended if it is raining.


Take the Keihin Electric Express Railway to Kanazawa Bunko Station and from there it is a 15 minute walk; you can take the Kanazawa Seaside Line to the Uminokoen Minamiguchi Station or the Uminokoen Shibaguchi Station and from either station it is a 10 minute walk. If you wish to use a bus, from Kanazawa Bunko Station take a Keikyu Bus 13 bound for Shibamachi and within 10 minutes you will reach the Shomyo-ji Temple bus stop. It is not recommended that you visit by car because there is no parking available. 

Description: Shomyo-ji Temple

Sights Shomyo-ji Temple (称名寺)
Address 212 Kanazawachō, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 236-0015
Phone / Fax Phone: 045-701-9573
Duration 1Hour(s)
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Shomyo-ji Temple