Hoko-ji is a Buddhist temple that is located on the sacred mountain of Nakui. The temple was visited by Tokiyori Hōjō, the then regent of the Kamakura Shogunate, over 700 years ago. The temple is one of the premiers in the area and is counted among the three great Soto Buddhist temples of Oshu.
The construction of the Shoyo Pagoda began during the Meiji Period under the direction of the 30th abbot of the temple, a high-rank Zen monk named Bokuzan Nishiari. Construction continued until the pagoda was completed by the 37th abbot of the temple named Daiten Katsugan in the year 1949.
The pagoda stands 33 meters tall and has a length and width of 8m. It is the biggest 3 story pagoda made of wood in all of Japan. It was designated a national tangible cultural property in June 2017 and has since become a popular sightseeing destination. Every year at the beginning of May, during the celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, the temple holds a children’s parade (called chigogyoretsu in Japanese) which is truly a sight to see.
- 20 Hōkōji, Nambu, Sannohe-gun, Aomori
- (No Regular Holiday)
Open: Late April ~ Early November
- Entrance Fee:
- Adult 300 yen, Middle School & Younger 100 yen
- By Car: 20 min from Kenyoshi Station