Hanazono University is located in the ancient city of Kyoto. Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan for over a thousand years, from 794 to 1869. The city is famous for ancient temples and wooden structures that were built in the Heian to Kamakura periods (8th to 14th centuries) and are preserved today in their original splendor. Kyoto is also well known as an academic city filled with students and researchers, with approximately 40 universities and junior colleges located throughout the city.
Hanazono University was established in 1872 by Myoshinji Temple (founded in 1337) of the Rinzai Zen sect of Buddhism. The university is comprised of a Faculty of Letters and a Faculty of Social Welfare that embody the founding "spirit of Zen."
The Faculty of Social Welfare at Hanazono University, which focuses on research on social welfare according to Buddhist principles, was established in 1964 as the Buddhist Welfare Department of the Faculty of Letters. Later, as social needs grew, it was expanded into an independent faculty with two departments: the Social Welfare Department and the Social Welfare Psychology Department. Many graduates become well-qualified workers in the area of social welfare, nursing care, and mental health care.