Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano

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One of the last remaining Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Japan, Zenko-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. Using our online itinerary creator, Nagano attractions like Zenko-ji Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful temple. Attended the morning ceremony (check the schedule on the website for the time - varies according to time of year- usually 6-630am). Buy tickets from the vending machine inside the ma...  more »
  • The temple has been built in remembrance of all the war dead, from various wars the japanese people have engaged in. In front of the main temple is a huge smoking pot, it is said that if you rub yours...  more »
  • With 1,400 years of history, Shanguang Temple can be said to be the center of Ono, from the car station can walk along the 1.8km to the Temple temple (bus is also very convenient), the closer to the Temple Temple Place there will be more full of characteristics of the shop. The building form of the Temple Temple Special and the model is great, the pilgrims ounce the extension, can see the important position of the Shanguang temple. This Hall is divided into external, internal, internal, the outside can be free to visit, from the inside to observe the temple of Hua Yu. If you need to buy a ticket, you can purchase a common ticket for the mountain door and hidden. Inside the deep inside for the sacrifice of the Buddha statue, there is a ladder next to the inside of the arena, in the "Ring arena tour" experience. The arena tour is also a "fetal tour", the bottom is dark, reach out to see the Wuzhishan, must touch the wall slowly forward. Because the perception is stripped to capture, its rest of the senses will become more sensitive acumen, the mood can also be in the panic fading Shen amyloid. There is an "extreme lock" in the position directly below Shanguang Temple, according to which the person who finds the great lock will azrael to the world of joy after death. It is special to use the arena tour to imitate the rebirth of a person after death, and it is a must-visit trip to Shanguang Temple.
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