Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano

4.5
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • We have visited Zenko-ji on three different sakura trips and each time the blossoms did not disappoint. The weeping tree on the side of the main hall is spectacular when in full bloom - not to be.....  more »
  • Nagano seems to still be in the past, which odds a good thing, as there is very little English written when you walk through its streets which is a nice change. The temple is stunning and well worth.....  more »
  • We had rain and showboarding was so so. We caught the train from Myoko to Nagano and explored the street leading to the temple and the temple grounds. It was a great day out. Sample the street food...  more »

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