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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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  • It took me about 7-8 minutes on foot, 10 minutes by bus from Nagano station until the main. Through the Niomon gate, main gate to arrive and finally come on. In a very large building 30 meters in height, width 24 m, 54 m depth. Kaidan'in visits the Buddha who's walked in route to go underneath, dark and I can't see anything, timidly,.
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  • This was the second visit. Travel is to taste a lot around the temple for the Japan National I most like are here. From Nagano station walk route is recommended. Well know have centered around the temple and shrine is prosperous. You can walk through this approach, including "accidental" and you can realize. The history is that a lot of people walked for a really long time, thus aiming at the Zenko-ji Temple. Zenkoji Temple Museum in the gerges Temple "and kaidan'in tour", but I overlooked surprisingly look very good. Only that close slowly Buddha ' is seen, not so much. Then of course is the main gate. Also think what sense was carved into the DNA gate admission is available and guests can enjoy on the second floor, the height of this second floor feel "high". This is the temple's atmosphere, so there are more still missing writing.
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  • First Nagano, Zenkoji Temple first. Finally allowed to visit, but had wanted to visit ago it is cherished. Never boredom to the Zenko-ji Temple Omotesando station is on a gentle slope, the roadside variety store barchetta. And even though it was a weekday there was historical temples, was swarmed by the crowd. Little lined up to visit, but with plenty of wishes so is satisfied. In this first time is passing in your kaidan'in around the dark basement where there were very interesting. I would like to again take a look at so like the other temples can be such and kaidan'in tour in the national. Chili pepper into cans of Zenko-ji Temple on the way back I bought souvenirs, but this fit food is recommended.
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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 .