Hozoji Temple

This stunning temple is one of the most famous ancient temples found in the Soma area. It is believed to have been founded by the warrior Sakagami Tamuramaro in the early ninth century to pray for victory in his conquest of the Tohoku region, and rebuilt in 1268. The Niomon Gate was built in 1647 by the lord Yoshitane Soma, the second generation of the Soma clan, who ruled the area during feudal times. The temple grounds are home to a number of maple trees of all sizes, and some of the fir trees are more than 400 years old. According to legend, the lords of the Soma clan would come to view the vibrant colors of the maples at the height of their autumn splendor. It is also known for a variety of cherry blossoms that bloom during the cold season. Photographers flock here for the autumn foliage and an illumination event that bathes the temple in colored light.


Hozoji Temple
  • Address
    20 Kitaebi Kitahata, Kashima, Minamisoma, Fukushima Pref. 979-2311
  • Access
    (By Car) 20 min. by car from Minamisoma Interchange on the Joban Expressway
    (By Train) 10 min. by car from Kashima Station on the JR Joban Line
  • Website
  • Hours
    9:00am to 6:00pm
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