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Zenkō-ji Temple, Nagano

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One of the last remaining Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Japan, Zenkō-ji Temple draws worshippers seeking enlightenment from all over the country. Originally built in the 7th century, the temple compound stood before Japanese Buddhism was divided into sects, so priests of two different Buddhist schools share management of the shrine. The complex contains several gardens and buildings, including prayer rooms and a nunnery. The main temple holds a hidden Buddha statue that even the chief priest isn't allowed to view. Walk the pitch-black corridor under the temple to find and touch the hanging key of enlightenment. Our Nagano itinerary planner makes visiting Zenkō-ji Temple and other Nagano attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • When I went to Nagano to always visit we are. Why couldn't pass. Going on a journey right down the mind and let me visit. Yet solemn atmosphere Omotesando shop lot is bustling at the.
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  • You can has a long approach from Nagano station Zenko-ji Temple Gate seen from a distance. Followed in the main hall until after passing before the shrine is just inside the gate, and the shop was packed with rows of fun. Both gates and main hall worthy, was impressive. Kaidan'in tour of the temple was a wondrous experience will go dark in.
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  • This was in a small part of town and had lots of little shops in front of the temple. The tour guide we had was very knowledgeable and explained about the Buddhist significance of the temple. The best...  more »
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  • Mostly barrier free. Lots of families, locals and tourists. After a walk along the busy line of stores up to the temple area, you can enjoy various statues, put smoke on your head (watch the locals) and buy omamori (good luck charms). Main temple asks you to purchase a ticket to enter but you've come this far so worth it! Had shichigosan and a wedding going on. Quite exciting. I say mostly barrier free but if not, all barrier free. Just need to go off to the right or left but can get into the main temple. Btw sign asks Pokemon trainers to greet and pay respect to the temple, as the Pokemons here are also doing the same.
  • An exciting and vast area with plenty to see and do. In November the scenery was incredible. As with everywhere in Japan, everyone there was extremely pleasant to be around.
  • It's an incredible temple. Really authentic and the surroundings are rich in culture. Please. PLEASE, don't miss the Mio (仁王) in this temple because they are majestic and I felt most of the people were missing them. The left guardian (吽形) is a special beauty.
  • Probably the highlight of Nagano city and one of the few places I would recommend. Been to Zenko-ji in summer and winter but must say it looks spectacular covered in snow.
  • Absolutely stunning .