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Tenkyu-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Tenkyu-ji Temple


Tenkyu-ji Temple was originally called Kakuso-ji, but the name was changed by Sanada Nobuyuki in the Edo Period (1603 - 1868) to console the spirit of Tenkyu Nobushige, Takeda Shingen's younger brother who died in the Battles of Kawanakajima (1553 - 1564). Not only having the tomb of Nobushige, the temple also offers prayers for the war dead of both the Takeda and Uesugi armies during the battles.
The Kawanakajima Tenkyu-ji Museum in the temple grounds exhibits historic items related to the Battles of Kawanakajima including the Nobushige's war helmet. The garden of the temple is a fine place to enjoy cherry blossoms in the spring.
Also worth seeing in the temple is the five meters tall giant statue of Yama / Emma (ruler of the underworld in Buddhist mythology), which was created in 1860 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Battles of Kawanakajima. It is said that it is one of the largest Yama / Emma statue in the East.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:30 - 17:00


  • Year-end and New Year's holidays

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 200 yen (General, Adult)
  • 150 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 20 minutes from JR Nagano Station by the bus bound for Matsushiro via Kosenjo. Get off at Mizusawa-Tenkyuji Bus stop, then walk 8 minutes.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1000, Shinonoi Kinebuchi, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 388-8019


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