Yugyoji Temple in Fujisawa is officially called Shojiko-ji Temple, but is much more commonly known as Yugyo-ji located in Fujisawa City near Kamakura.
Yugyoji has been named as one of the “100 Most Scenic Places in Japan” and also has an important historic and religious significance. It is the headquarters of the Ji Sect, an offshoot of Pure Land Buddhism which has over 400 temples and 350,000 followers. The temple was founded by Priest Ippen in the 1200's, during the Kamakura Period. The main hall of the temple is a massive, beautiful building with an ornate interior and prayer area that visitors can access. Beyond it is a beautiful and tranquil garden, filled with statues, a koi pond, and beautiful landscaping of the traditional Japanese style including a Japanese dry karesansui rock garden. Yogyoji has many events and festivals in part due to its long and imporatnt history, and has become a sort of community center for Fujisawa holding flea markets and hosting ceremonies throughouy the year.