Zenko-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Zenko-ji Temple


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 Hours

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


  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

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

Address / Location

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