Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Hofuku-Ji is a rather nice and peaceful temple to the north of Soja in Okayama, a short diversion off of the Kibi Bike Path.
Originally it was a Tendai temple but in 1232 became a Rinzai Zen Temple.
The great zen artist and gardener Sesshu was born near here and it was to Hofuku-Ji that he was sent as a child to begin his training for the priesthood. The famous story of Sesshu and the rat is set here.
The grounds and the gardens are very pleasant, and are particularly enjoyable with the fall colors.
The three storey pagoda is registered as an important cultural asset.