top of page

History of Shōon-ji Temple

honorable history

Rennyo Shonin, the eighth head of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect, who fled from Yoshizaki to Kyoto due to the uprising of the Ikko Ikki, was sent down to Echizen by Toshikage Asakura, the lord of Echizen Prefecture, on the condition that he build a temple in Ichijodani. He made a request, but the jounin did not listen, considering the surrounding situation.
However, in 1476, the Shonin decided to make a close relative of his as a Buddhist priest by marrying Renji (son of Eizon), the grandson of Shu Kaku Genshin, the third son of the fifth head of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect, Shonin Kenyo. was appointed to the position of Gobo.
From Toshikage onwards, the Asakura clan served as their protector for generations, and for a period of 100 years between five generations until the Asakura clan's downfall, the post of Gobo was held by three successive generations: Hasumi, Shinkatsu, and Yuusei.
Later, after the Sengoku period, Lord Hideichi Hasegawa was appointed as the lord of Togo Castle, and he moved the temple base to the castle grounds, calling it ``Yoshizaki Removed Gobo.'' The Gobo land is currently listed as No. 1 Orihashi, 62 Tochiizumi-cho, Fukui City, and is still called Goboda.
Until modern times, its location was communicated by a marker post, and it is said that paving stones and foundation stones thought to be the remains of a well were laid all over about 50 cm underground.
It is said that the hall was moved to its current location about 13 years later.
Hidemasa Hori, who became the lord of the castle of Kitanosho in 1590, was especially devoted to the Shinshu sect, and donated Gobo land to the cadastral register in Yanagimachi, Kitanosho, and received it from the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect. The 11th head priest, Kennyo Shonin, appointed Zenchin of Shogenji as the guardian of the temple grounds.
After Hidemasa Hori died of illness in 1590, his eldest son, Hideharu Hori, carried on his father's wishes and built a hall in the Yanagimachi Gobo area, which became Yanagimachi Gobo and became Fukui Betsuin.
This resulted in the creation of two Gobo temples, and Togo Gobo became a separate temple without a temple name.
Therefore, Junnyo Shonin, the 12th head priest of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect, gave Togo Gobo, which had become a branch temple, the temple name ``Shoon-ji'' and gave it the status of ``Inke.''
In other words, this is why Shōonji Temple is said to be the successor of Yoshizaki Gobo and the predecessor of Fukui Betsuin Temple.



Bunmei 8th year (1476)

After the Yoshizaki Gobo was burnt down, Lord Toshikage Asakura appointed Renji, a close relative of Rennyo Shonin, as a priest and built a Gobo in Shinmachi, Ichijo Castle.

Tensho 12 (1584)

Relocated to Togo Castle under the order of Lord Hidekazu Hasegawa.

Keicho 2nd year (1597)

Moved to current cadastral location

Meiwa 3 (1776)

Burnt down during the era of the 9th Hohide.

Meiwa 7 (1770)


Ansei 2 (1855)

Burnt down

Ansei 5 (1858)

Reconstruction (current main hall)

Showa 19 (1944)

Temple bells and other items were donated under the National General Mobilization Law.


Cast a temple bell.

1948 (Showa 23)

The bell tower collapsed during the Great Fukui Earthquake, and the main hall and vault were damaged.


Reconstruction of bell tower


Main hall major restoration

2007 (Heisei 19)

Warehouse renovation work

2016 (Heisei 28)May 3rd

Techno memorial service first year 2022

August 11, 2022

temple cafe"Show-on G Chabou" opens


Past chief priests

First generation Hasumi

Great-grandson of the 5th head of the Honganji school, Kenyo Shonin.

​Ishida Saikoji Eternal Eldest Son

His mother is Rennyo Shonin's younger sister Nyoyuni.

2nd generation Shinkatsura
3rd generation Yusei
4th generation super sky

The temple name of Shōon-ji Temple is granted.

5th Generation Super Good
6th generation Jakuso
7th generation Jakuei
8th generation Jakuhide
9th Norihide
Teenager Motohide
11th generation Hirone
Hiroaki 12th
13th Hironobu Asakura

Entered the temple from Zenshoji Temple, Shimonoda, Sabae City.

Boshu (from Jooji Temple, Maruoka Town)

14th generation Akinori Asakura

Dispatched to India and Australia for religious inspection in preparation for overseas teaching.

Later accompanied the Otani expedition.

Boshu (Taira, Fukui City)Riding templeThan)

15th Masanobu Asakura

Mitsuko (from Yotokuji Temple, Echizen City)

16th generation Narinobu Asakura

Boshu Nyoe (Jorenji Temple, Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture)Than)

17th Yukinobu Asakura

Invented and practiced techno memorial service

Kazuyo Bomori (from the Maehara family in Fukui City)

​ Kazuyo opens "Temple Cafe Show-on G Chabo"

bottom of page