The History of Shinshojoji Temple
Away back in 1612, Saint Nisshu founded the original Shinshojoji in Nishijin, Kyoto, and then the temple was prosperous for a long time. When the Emperor Meiji moved to Edo Castle from Kyoto Castle, which means the transfer of the capital of Japan to Tokyo, Shinshojoji was moved and reconstructed in Kagurazaka, Tokyo.
Through the relationship with Saint Shimizu Rensho, Shinshojoji Temple was worshiped as a temple of the Hokke faith by not only the women officials serving the Emperor Meiji, but also many other officials of the Imperial Household Agency, such as the Arisugawanomiya family, the Marquis Nakayama family, the Count Sono family, the Muromachi family, the Baron Morioka family, Yanagihara Naruko who was a real mother of the Emperor Taisho, Chigusa Kotoko、,Nishi Nishiko and Sono Sachiko. These officials often visited Shinshojoji Temple, and made big donations to the temple, which has resulted in the strong relationship between Shinshojoji Temple and the Imperial Household Agency.
Our Social Contribution
Sri Lanka Elementary School
Japan-Sri Lanka Cultural Exchange Association is going to build Nichiko International School. The association is building an elementary school for children who cannot pay school fees. In this international school, children can learn not only general education subjects but also Japan Mahayana Buddhism and Sri Lanka Theravada Buddhism, which are taught by Dr.ven.Polpitiye Gnanaransi There, a monk and also a professor in charge of a lot of universities in Sri Lanka
The image of the elementary school sponsored by Japan-Sri Lanka Cultural Exchange Association
Concrete placing on the second floor
Saint Yoshida Nikko making an on-the spot inspection
About Japan-Sri Lanka Cultural Exchange Association
【Sri Lanka plays an important role in the history of Japan】
After the Second World War, in San Francisco Peace Conference, Mr. Jayawarudana, the first president of Sri Lanka, disagreed with the idea, insisted on by the Allied Powers, that Japan should be divided into some areas and ruled by some countries. To support his claim, Mr. Jayawarudana used ‘Dhammapada( hokkukyo : Buddha’s sayings)’ which is one of Buddhist canons, and succeeded in winning the approval of many other countries.
n 2015, Visit to Sri Lanka
※Shinshojoji Temple, is accepting volunteers who can go to Sri Lanka and do volunteer activities for elementary schools on the spot. We provide accommodations and meals for free. We are also accepting people for donations used for the volunteer activities. For further information, please feel free to call us.
Sampai Gassho ( We really appreciate your understanding and cooperation.) Telephone: 03-3260-0972
About India Elementary School
In India, the number of wealthy people has been increasing in recent years because of achievement of economic development in India, while there are still a great number of poor people. The existence of the poverty group especially in younger generation (street children) is becoming one of the biggest social problems. What is worse, in most cases, the children are forced to live on the streets regardless of their will, and always at a high risk of exposure to a drag and prostitution.
The biggest problem is that there are so many children who cannot go to school and take primary education. They lack general education and knowledge, which makes it difficult for the children to get a job, and then results in the number of the poor is increasing.
For the reason above, we, Shinshojoji Temple, founded India Elementary School for the children who cannot take enough education, and since then have been operating the school. We provide free primary education with four subjects, such as ‘math’, ‘their native language’, ‘English’ and ‘Japanese’, which are taught by two local teachers we have invited. Our students of the school can study for six days from Monday to Saturday. We provide textbooks, stationery, school uniforms and lunch with each of the 50 students ( our full quota ) for free. We visit the school once a year, and teach the students Buddhism in a way that they can easily understand Buddha’s idea.
※Shinshojoji Temple is accepting people who want to do volunteer activities for India Elementary School. For further information, please feel free to call us. We are looking forward to your call.
※Now we have been working on a sacred contribution, or the construction of elementary schools all over Asia.
You can also inquire by e-mail.
We Shinshojoji Temple practice cold-water ablutions called ‘Mizugyo’ early in the morning every day regardless of the weather conditions.
About Cold-Water Ablutions
A cold-water ablution is an ascetic practice in which a monk dashes cold water over himself for the purpose of praying to the gods and training the prayer’s body and the spirit.
We provide a cold-water ablution workshop for ordinary people.
＊Please bring your own bath towel with you.
Saint Yoshida practices this cold-water ablution every day.
Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Exit 1 of Kagurazaka Station Tozai Line
Name of Temple:
Minna-no-otera Shinshojoji Temple ( We are a temple for all of the people)
Chief Priest: Yoshida Nikko
Address: 1-23, Nishi-goken-cho, Shinjuku-ku ,Tokyo 162-0812