Zenpo-ji Temple

Travel Guide - Zenpo-ji Temple

Information

Zenpo-ji Temple with its five-story pagoda and large gateway was originally established in 951 to dedicate to the Dragon King, guardian of the seas.
Most of the buildings now standing were built in the 19th century, and make for interesting and relaxing viewing.
Take a minute to check out the imposing wooden fish hanging from the ceilings and paintings depicting fishing scenes, the latter donations from local fishing companies hoping to gain favor from the gods of the seas.

Kaibami-no-ike Pond behind the temple has a more contemporary attraction, the somewhat famous Jinmen-gyo (human-faced fish).
The fish, when viewed from above actually look like to have a human face, became a huge boom in Japan around 1990.
Originally only one in number, the sole progenitor has given birth to similarly visaged offspring.
However, picking them out from the dozens of ordinary carp sharing the pond can be tricky.

Opening Hours

  • Open 24 hours
  • Shop: 8:00 - 16:30

Closed

  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

  • 30 minutes from JR Tsuruoka Station by the bus bound for Yunohama Onsen via Tenpo-ji. Get off at Zenpo-ji Bus stop.

Address / Location

* Please click each address to show the location.
Yamagata Castle Ruins (Kajo Park)
The 350,000 square meters Kajo Park is the site of the former Yamagata Castle. There are restored Yamagata Castle's Ninomaru Higashi-Otemon g ...  more »
Risshaku-ji Temple (Yama-dera)
Risshaku-ji Temple, or also called Yamadera, was constructed in 860 by Ennin (Jikaku Daishi) as a branch of Enryaku-ji Temple in Mt. Hiei-zan ...  more »
Kaminoyama Castle
Kaminoyama Castle was originally constructed by Takenaga Yoshitada, a retainer of the Mogami clan, in 1535. The castle's donjon was built in  ...  more »
Homma Museum of Art
Homma Museum of Art displays items owned by the Honma family. The family, who lived in the Sakata area, was one of the wealthiest landowner f ...  more »
Meijiza Theater
Meijiza Theater is a theater with more than 130 years of history and tradition established by a Kabuki actor Ichikawa Sadanji the First in 18 ...  more »
Jiyu-gakuen Myonichi-kan
Myonichi-kan was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, an architect who also designed the Imperial Hotel, as a school building of Jiyu-gakuen. He  ...  more »
Koishikawa-Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa-Korakuen is associated with Mito-Tokugawa family. The garden was constructed by the first Mito lord Tokugawa Yorifusa in 1629, an ...  more »

Tweets

Barbara Ramsay Orr @orracle - 2019-12-09
Two of close to five hundred targets in Zenpo-Ji Temple. Sharing a joke maybe? #satwtohoku #visitjapanus #Zenpo-JiT… https://t.co/6s8LbCJwk0
Barbara Ramsay Orr @orracle - 2019-12-09
Two of close to five hundred targets in Zenpo-Ji Temple. Sharing a joke maybe? #satwtohoku #visitjapanus #Zenpo-JiT… https://t.co/ILgSPxDAIy