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An ancient history predating Hiroshima with a connection to the legendary 47 Ronin story.

About Shokoji Temple

The temple of Shokoji has an ancient history - the original dates are not known, but it is known that the temple predates the city itself. In fact, the temple provided lodging to lord Mori Terumoto in 1589 while he was surveying the site that would eventually become Hiroshima Castle.

Although some stories suggest that the leader of the famous 47 Ronin - Oishi - is buried here, this is somewhat an exaggeration. In actual fact, one of the retainers took a lock of Oishi’s hair and bought it to Hiroshima for burial. It was first taken to the nearby Kokuzenji Temple - as that was the family temple of the Asano lord that the ronin had avenged - however it was turned away. Instead, the hair was buried at Shokoji.

The Shokoji Temple is one of the stops on the Futabanosato Historical Walking Trail.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Shokoji Temple


JR Hiroshima
 Hiroden Route 1 + 5 more

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)

 Hiroden Route 2 + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.2km)

 Hiroden Route 6 + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)

Hiroden Hakushima
 Hiroden Route 9

 10-20 minute walk (1.6km)

Hiroshima Freight Terminal
 Hiroshima Sanyo Main Line

 20-30 minute walk (2.1km)

 Astram Line + 1 more

 20-30 minute walk (2.2km)

Around Shokoji Temple

Shokoji Temple

Buddhist Temple in Hiroshima

open 9am - 5pm
closed Irregularly


聖光寺, 広島

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