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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  • Take the bus from Nagano station, we visited. I think a maintained slope of Zenko-ji Temple before, there are numerous food and beverage outlets, such as tea and lunch after the visit to a great place. PASMO and Suica are not use buses to carry some cash is required.
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  • Great visit with Peter very insightful and humbling experience. The whole day is great some walking involved.  more »
  • A must visit if you are in nagano. The road leading to the temple was lined up with shops selling local street food and souvenir. This street in itself is an itinerary. The temple is massive and consi...  more »
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  • Historic temple of Japan National treasure . 644 years , the main hall foundation . One of the most historic temple in Japan . About 20 minutes walk from the Shinkansen Nagano Station . From Tokyo Station to Nagano Station , about two hours by bullet train .
  • This is my most favorite temple in Japan! It is quite beautiful and the grounds are so spacious, that you have a lot to explore! What impressed me the most was the underground passage. It is a passage devoid of light and you have to make your way through the dark in order to find and touch a key that is hidden on the wall. Legend says that whoever touches the key will have a blessed life. It's a really interesting, meditation like experience to go in there and have one of your senses cut off like that. It is truly liberating. I've been there twice during my stay in Nagano and I'd go there again in a heartbeat if I'd had the chance!
  • Well just another Temple tbh but alot delicous food around. Definitly try the soba crepe and miso flavored ice cream.
  • Pay them 500 yen, and you can have the first class seat to hear the monks' chanting.
  • Good to spend 45 minutes of your life here. Real big statues and walking in the dark is fun
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