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Burial Ground / Cemetery Spots in Nagano Area

  • Zenkoji Temple Unjoden
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    Nagano Nagano-shi Hako Shimizu 3-1775
    This large crypt is situated halfway up about Mt. Jitsukiyama a kilometer north of the Zenkoji Temple’s main temple building. The Zenkoji Temple is open to Buddhists of all sects and has had a custom of accepting and interring the ashes of worshippers since ancient times, and it is believed that worshippers would come here to give thanks for the positive benefits granted by ancestors and pray for a better rebirth after death. The crypt’s two tier pagoda, flanked on either side by smaller halls, is extremely large, and the entire complex rings out with the unceasing sutra chanting carried out by the head priest in order to protect the Zenkoji Temple’s main temple building. The area is famously known as the best destination for viewing cherry blossoms in the city, and in spring more than 600 cherry trees come into bloom on the hill and scenic overlook road behind the Zenkoji Temple. The crypt’s main hall enshrines a ritually divided portion of the Zenkoji Nyorai, and from here visitors can get a sweeping view of the Zenkoji Plain.
  • Nagano Cemetery
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    Nagano Nagano-shi Asakawa Kiyomizu 762
  • Nakaoyama Cemetery
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    Nagano Nagano-shi Shinonoiokada 1186
  • Komakiyama Cemetery
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    Nagano Ueda-shi Suwagata 1301

Nagano Main Areas


Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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