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Zenko-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Zenko-ji Temple

InformationInformation

Zenko-ji Temple is an ancient temple which is believed to have been built about 1400 years ago. The Hondo main hall of the temple is typical Buddhist architecture from the mid-Edo Period (1603 - 1868) and is a National Treasure. The principal image, Ikko Sanzon Amida-Nyorai (Amida Triad), is enshrined inside the holy altar in the innermost temple.
The temple's 20 meters tall Sanmon Gate, with its double-layered roof with eaves below the gables, is an Important Cultural Property. The sign that reads "Zenko-ji" is well-known for having the outline of pigeons inside the Japanese characters.
The temple's "Okaidan Meguri" may be of interest to try. Visitors can walk through the pitch-black corridors under the main hall. It is said that if you touch the key below the principle image in complete darkness, your entry into paradise is secured.
There are 39 lodgings inside the grounds of Zenko-ji Temple. Each one of them is an independent temple and each head priest plays an important role in running the events of Zenko-ji Temple. There are valuable Buddhist statues and treasures on display, and visitors can stay overnight to experience a temple-like atmosphere and Shojin-ryori vegetarian cuisine. To have Shojin-ryori or stay at Zenko-ji Temple Lodgings, booking is required in advance. Please call 026-237-7676 (Zenko-ji Shukubo Association). *Japanese speaking only.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 4:30 - 16:30
  • 6:00 - 16:00 (in winter)

ClosedClosed

  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission: Free
  • Combination ticket for Hondo main hall, Museum and Okaidan Meguri: 500 yen (General, Adult)
  • Combination ticket for Hondo main hall, Museum and Okaidan Meguri: 200 yen (Senior high student)
  • Combination ticket for Hondo main hall, Museum and Okaidan Meguri: 50 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes from JR Nagano Station by the bus bound for Zenko-ji. Get off at Zenko-ji Daimon Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 491, Motoyoshicho, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 380-0851

TweetsTweets

Kobayashi Issa @issa_haiku - 2018-11-26
autumn wind--
the Buddha of Zenko Temple
has left ~~ daily #haiku by Issa https://t.co/o5DRaHAOMc
Matias @matiasalbcam - 2018-11-11
Zenko ji temple, Nagano! This temple is famous because it holds one of the first buddist statues ever brought to Ja… https://t.co/5tGvSm62it
Kobayashi Issa @issa_haiku - 2018-10-14
autumn wind--
the Buddha of Zenko Temple
is gone ~~ daily #haiku by Issa https://t.co/o5DRaHAOMc
Steven @StevenRose - 2018-08-12
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Steven @StevenRose - 2018-08-12
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Steven @StevenRose - 2018-08-12
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Steven @StevenRose - 2018-08-12
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Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2018-08-02
1) Zenko & the Octopus - In 1249 a monk from the temple by the name of Zenko (善光) broke his Buddhist vows to buy hi… https://t.co/pDFfTcSqMa
Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2018-08-02
As soon as Zenko returned to the temple the sutras transformed back into an octopus. The octopus then returned to i… https://t.co/8hrLGCZEay
hanae-chan of the nurse's office @ashiyahanaes - 2018-06-29
you know when hanae and zenko are talking about their futures and zenko talks about how her dad doesn't want her to… https://t.co/CVClxgSLIE
nisa @ashiyahanaes - 2018-06-29
you know when hanae and zenko are talking about their futures and zenko talks about how her dad doesn't want her to… https://t.co/CVClxgSLIE
Epstudio @Epstudiodesign - 2018-05-03
Excited to share the latest addition to my #etsy shop: Yamanba Yūrei Japanese Ghost Folklore Kimono Noh drama Dame… https://t.co/fUxGPnUnq9
Kobayashi Issa @issa_haiku - 2018-03-20
spring breeze--
a cow leads the way
to Zenko Temple ~~ daily #haiku by Issa https://t.co/MdeGzQLDYo
Kobayashi Issa @issa_haiku - 2018-03-06
Zenko Temple, too
quickly passed over...
geese flying north ~~ daily #haiku by Issa https://t.co/o5DRaHAOMc
Kristine Ohkubo @Travelblogger17 - 2018-03-02
#Zenko-ji is a #Buddhist temple located in #Nagano. It was built in the 7th century, and is perhaps most famous fo… https://t.co/M74f2GWhxu
Hokkaidoplus @hokkaidodeshow - 2018-02-26
In Hokkaido Date City (北海道伊達市), there are good cherry-blossom viewing spots around the train stations 🌸
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Viator Partner EN @ViatorEN - 2018-02-13
Nagano Day Trip from Tokyo: Snow Monkeys, Hot Springs and Zenko-ji Temple
From USD: $262.05
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Reject Danganronpa! @YellowDog96 - 2017-11-03
@xploded_tb I'll wait 100 years with Yahiko and Moja meet you under the big tree at Zenko's temple
🎃 Moja Mojaween 🎃 @YellowDog96 - 2017-11-03
@xploded_tb I'll wait 100 years with Yahiko and Moja meet you under the big tree at Zenko's temple
David Newton @dissonate - 2017-06-22
Heres a few pics from the #nagano area of #japan from my trip last year including the #zenko-ji #temple. More at… https://t.co/PqmJXZByHP
Paul Saxton @psaxton63 - 2017-05-03
@kenny0724 @bitthday Exploring the city today as we went out of town yesterday. Walking up to Zenko -ji temple.
Xcursion @XcursionSoft - 2017-04-17
This week on the #blog #amazing #places #temple #Buddhism #History #nagano #Japan https://t.co/wj59YIyqwI via @weebly
Xcursion @XcursionSoft - 2017-04-17
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HIS Travel Indonesia @HISTravelID - 2017-04-05
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♥ყυκἶ❅ @Frozen_Flouros - 2017-02-21
@Zenko_Haru•

❝It's nice to meet you, Haru. Is it...just you here, in this temple?❞
♥ყυκἶ❅ @Frozen_Flouros - 2017-02-21
@Zenko_Haru•

❝It's nice to meet you, Haru. Is it...just you here, in this temple?❞
♥ყυκἶ❅ @Frozen_Flouros - 2017-02-21
@Zenko_Haru•

❝It's nice to meet you, Haru. Is it...just you here, in this temple?❞
Retro Revolution @RetroRev0lution - 2017-02-20
New tumblr post: https://t.co/lgDAdBtnU5 indie, photography, film photography, indie photography, vintage photogr… https://t.co/ic1L3uguL6
daikanyama @svane_freddy - 2017-02-11
In Nagano at the Nagano Tomyo Festival 2017. Denmark gives light at the famous temple #Zenko-ji. #workingforDK… https://t.co/QyZsNvlpMg
Kanetix.ca @kanetix - 2017-02-01
@nomadicboys @tobyhir Just went to a temple in Nagano - Zenko-ji... so beautiful with the snow! #TravelShare @tugoinsurance

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