Shonen-ji is a 450-year-old Pure Land Buddhist temple in Takachiho-cho in the mountains of Kyushu, Japan. It is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty including spectacular gorges, terraced rice fields, and wonderful night skies.
Throughout the temple's history, beginning with its founding in 1578, the priests of Shonen-ji have been members of the Yoshimura family. The present head priest, Junsho Yoshimura, is the seventeenth generation of his family to serve. Junsho is married to Victoria Yoshimura, herself a senior ordained priest of the Pure Land sect.
For information about Pure Land Buddhism, please visit the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Official Site.
For information about the Takachiho area, please visit any of the following sites:
You might also like to read the Wikipedia article about Shonen-ji Temple at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shonenji_Temple,_Takachiho.
At various times during the year, we host volunteer helpers at the temple. Our helpers come from around the world and they stay with us for a week or two. Helpers work in the temple gardens and assist with other daily chores in exchange for accommodation and meals. If you would like more information about this program, please visit our listing at www.helpx net.