In Brief

Buddhist Temple in Higashi, Hiroshima

9am - 5pm

Free entry

Allow 30 minutes

No regular closing days

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Updated 14 December 2019

About Shokoji Temple

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

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.