In 1868, Meiji government ended Tokugawa Shogunate's isolationist foreign policy and began negotiations with other countries.
Zozan Sakuma (or commonly called Shozan Sakuma) of the Matsushiro Domain, an advocate for the opening up of Japan, laid the foundations for this to come about.
He was a skilled linguist and scientist, and his writings, drawings and sites of experiments, which show his regard for the technology of Western culture, industry and telegraphic communication, can be found at the Zozan Memorial Museum.
The museum exhibits electrical medical equipment made by Zozan and teaches us about his talents.
The plan for establishing Zozan-jinja Shrine began in 1913 to enshrine Zozan and commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death and completed in 1938.
Kogi-tei in the shrine is a building steeped in history and the place where Zozan Sakuma debated about the condition of the government with various guests.
- Zozan-jinja Shrine: 9:00 - 17:00
- Zozan Memorial Museum: 9:00 - 17:00 *admission until 30 minutes before closing
- Zozan-jinja Shrine: No closing days
- Zozan Memorial Museum: Tuesdays (or the following day when it falls on a national holiday)
- Zozan Memorial Museum: December 29 - January 3
Access / Public Transport
- 30 minutes from JR Nagano Station by the bus bound for Matsushiro.Get off at 82 Ginko-mae Bus Stop.
Address / Location
- Zozan-jinja Shrine: 1502, Matsushiromachi Matsushiro, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 381-1231
- Zozan Memorial Museum: 1446-6, Matsushiromachi Matsushiro, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 381-1231