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Soyuji Temple (宗猷寺)

The only Rinzai school temple in Takayama City, it is located an eight-minute drive from JR Takayama Station. In 1632, it was opened by the brothers Kanamori Shigeyori and Shigekatsu, the third head of Hida to pray for their father Arishige. Inside, the the retainer of the shogun, Yamaoka Tesshu's monument and his parents' grave are enshrined and they are registered as a city designated historical site. Otherwise, it is a temple and shrine that has several city designated historical sites such as main hall, bell hall, and the group grave of the craftsmen. The garden and stepping stones on the east side of the the priests' living quarters and on the mountain side it is organized with the layer of stones, law and mid-height trimmed trees, and you can get a glimpse of the elegant and sophisticated samurai culture of Takayama.


Gifu Takayama-shi Soyujimachi 218 (Hida / TakayamaArea)

phone 0577321958

Precincts Free

Review of Soyuji Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/01/21 Souyugi temple caligraphy lesson
Just a quick walk from the centre of town up the hill. Very peaceful spot with a couple of hidden gems. Temple itself was large with well maintained garden etc. And if you look carefully on one of...
Reviewed:2017/09/23 Lovely temple
On a day when it was quite busy in town my partner and I wondered to the edge of town and started to explore the temples. A quaint and peaceful temple
Reviewed:2016/04/02 One of the Temples/Shrines
If you’ve had enough of shopping and want some quiet time, wander a short way out of town, west, and visit the ten or so Shrines and Temples that Takayama has to offer. It’s very peaceful up that...

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Gifu Takayama-shi Soyujimachi 218 [map]
Hida / TakayamaArea
Precincts Free
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship] None
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          Gifu Areas


          Tucked away in the very center of Japan, Gifu prefecture houses mountains, old towns, and one of Japan’s greatest hot springs, Gero Onsen. A tour of the prefecture’s traditional architecture will take you from the mountain-enveloped wooden streets of Takayama to the mountain village of Shirakawago, where visitors can explore 250-year-old thatched roofed houses known as gassho-zukuri.