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  • Zenkoji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou 491-b
    "Located in Nagano City, this temple does not belong to any sect. Any sect is free to worship here, which has received veneration for having Japan's oldest Ikko Sanson Amida Nyorai as the main deity. During the Edo period, it was said that ""once in your life, visit Zenkoji Temple,"" The ""oasaji"" is performed every day during the sunrise. If you purchase a ticket for the inner sanctum, you can worship up close. The ""zenritsu honzon"" is performed once every seven years. About 15 minutes by bus from JR Nagano Station."

    拝観料は500円で急な階段を上っていくと長野市が一望できます。中は撮影できませんが仏像などが安置されています。

  • Anrakuji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Besshonsen 2361
    This Soto school Buddhist temple is located in Bessho Onsen in Ueda City. The oldest temple in Nagano Prefecture, it is also famous for its octagonal three-storied pagoda, a National Treasure. The pagoda is said to have been built in the Kamakura period and is the only original octagonal pagoda still standing in Japan. An entrance fee is required to view the pagoda interior. A 14-minute walk from Bessho-Onsen Station.

    Anrakuji, with its impressive wooden octagonal pagoda built in the Chinese Sung architectural style during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). The pagoda is the only example of its kind left in Japan...

  • Kitamuki-kannon Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Besshonsen 1656
    This Buddhist temple was established in 825 by Ennin, the head priest of the Enryaku-ji Temple. The temple was frequently witness to fires and the current temple was rebuilt in 1721. Unusually for a temple in Japan, the main hall was built facing to the north, and it said that by worshipping here and at the south-facing Zenkoji Temple, one can achieve happiness both in this life and after one’s passing. The grounds contain a sacred katsura tree (Aizen Katsura) that is 1,200 years old and which is revered for the luck which brings in finding marriage. A 12-minute walk from Bessho-Onsen Station.
  • Ichijozan Daiho-ji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Chisagatagunaokimura Tougou 2052
    "Located around 25 minutes' drive from the Ueda-Sugadaira Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway, Ichijozan Daiho-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Tendai sect that was built in the Nara period (710-794), and which is one of the oldest temples in the Shinshu region. The temple's three-story pagoda, which was constructed in 1333, came to be known as the ""Looking Back Pagoda,"" because it is so beautiful that people leaving the temple after a visit can't help turning around to have a last look at the pagoda. There are many designated Important Cultural Properties in the temple, including the Zushi (miniature shrine), which is decorated with what are believed to be Japan's oldest Shachihoko (mythical animals with the head of a tiger and body of a carp, used as ornamentation on roofs). The temple's appearance changes with the seasons, with visitors being able to see plum blossom and cherry blossom in spring, azaleas in early summer, and autumn foliage in autumn. In summer, it is sometimes also possible to see Great Purple Emperor, which is the national butterfly of Japan. "

    国宝指定されているのは、三重塔。やや離れた位置から高台に見えた時、拝観料を払って本堂越しに仰ぎ見た時、近くに寄ってみた時、距離と高さの変化で観賞が楽しめます。帰りは来た道をそのまま戻るだけなのですが、徐々に遠く、徐々に高い位置に離れていく様を振り返り振り返り見ながら帰ることになります。「見返りの塔」と呼ばれているのも納得がいきます。 車なら上田の別所温泉の国宝安楽寺八角三重塔も近くです。 関西以外...

  • Zensanji Temple Three-Storied Pagoda
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    Nagano Ueda-shi Maeyama 300 Mae Yamadera
    "A pagoda located on the grounds of the Zensanji Temple in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture. When the pagoda was built is unclear, but based on its architecture, it is believed to have been erected in the Muromachi period. Featuring thatched roofs, the second and third tiers of the pagoda have no balustrades, windows, or doors and are obviously incomplete, but each of the tiers overlaps to create beautiful curves and the pagoda is topped with a stunning kurin finial, and the tower is also known as the ""unfinished finished pagoda."" The pagoda has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. The temple grounds are a renowned flower viewing destination and visitors can enjoy the sight of such seasonal flowers as cherry blossoms and wisteria."
  • Soto School of Zen Shindenzan Chokoku-ji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Matsushiromachi Matsushiro 1015-1
    This is a Zen Buddhist temple of the Soto school in Matsushiro Town, Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, known as the family temple of the Matsushiro clan. It started as Hasedera built in 1547 by Yukitaka Sanada in today’s Sanada Town, Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, and was later moved and given its current name. The richly colored and ornamental engraved solemn mausoleum is that of Nobuyuki Sanada, and has been designated as one of Japan’s Important Cultural Properties. In the grounds is a graveyard for successive feudal lords, a memorial tower for parent and child Yukimura and Daisuke, and a number of temple treasures connected to the Sanada family.
  • Joraku-ji Temple
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    46 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Besshonsen 2347
    The head temple of the nearby Kitamuki-kannon Temple, this Buddhist temple was built as one of the three “raku-ji” temples (the Choraku-ji Temple, Anraku-ji Temple, and Joraku-ji Temple) in 825. During the Kamakura period, the temple flourished as a center of Tendai Buddhism. The temple’s principal object of worship, the “Wisdom of Observation Amitabha,” is considered an extremely rare example of its type found anywhere in the country. The Hon-do (main hall) has a rounded thatched roof; behind it stands a two-tier pagoda  that is registered as an Important Cultural Property and which is the spot where the Buddhist statue enshrined in the Kitamuki-kannon Temple in the back is said to have appeared. The Joraku-ji Temple Art Museum  on the grounds exhibits rare and valuable temple treasures such as the Tokugawa Ieyasu Nikka Nenbutsu prayer scroll; a figure of Avalokitesvara; and the Miuraya-zu painting, a National Art Treasure. Closest station: Bessho-Onsen Station.

    天台宗のお寺です。石段を上がった境内には、大きな立派な松の木が何本もあり、特に広く枝を広げた気は、船の形に整えられています。本堂脇から裏手へ回ると、苔むした山道があり、橙のご住職の墓石が並びます。 一番奥まったところが、柵に囲まれていますが、重要文化財の石造多宝塔で、こちらに北向き観世音様が現れたとの言い伝えがあります。 全体にしっとりとした感じで苔が繁茂し、静かな空間を作り出しています。

  • Ganshoin
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    Nagano Pref. Kamitakaigunobusemachi Karida 604
    The Buddha is the principal object of worship here at this Soto sect temple in Obuse Town, Kamitakai County, Nagano Prefecture. Ogino Bingo no Kami Jorin, Lord of Karida Castle, laid the foundation stone in 1472, and the Zen priest Futaku Genkei founded the temple. On the ceiling of the main hall you can see the 21 tatami mat sized painting “The Great Ho-O”, painted by Katsuhika Hokusai. As well as this impressive painting there are many other places of interest such as the mausoleum of Fukushima Masanori, a Japanese daimyo of the late Sengoku period, and the pond with inscription where Kobayashi Issa composed his well-known haiku “Thin little frog, Don’t give in, Issa is here”.

    Beautiful Sakura with temple in the background. The taxi ride is about 5-10 min or 30 walk from Obuse train station.

  • Saihoji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganonishimachi 1019
    It is said that Honen, the founder of the Jodo sect (the first independent branch of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism) who visited Zenkoji Temple in 1199, founded Saihoji Temple. The temple also has a close connection with Tibet when the 14th Dalai Lama visited in 2010. One of the highlights of which was the eye-opening ceremony to the Great Buddha. In the parking lot is an inscription written about the temple by the haiku poet Kobayashi Issa. It is said that the red Jizo statues (stone image of Kshitigarbha, guardian of children) which are not often found in Japan, protect those people having issues with their in-laws. The red color symbolizes protection against evil and the red statue is enshrined here to protect Zenkoji Temple.
  • Daihoji Temple
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    10 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Narai 423
    This temple is a Myoshin-ji Temple of the Rinzai sect and was established in 1582 in Narai, Shiojiri City. Jurojin, one of the seven deities of good fortune, is worshipped here, and this is also a sacred spot visited by those making pilgrimages to various temples. There is also a Maria Jizo, whose shattered head serves as a famous symbol of the suppression of Christians in the Edo period. It is a popular spot for azalea viewing in June and the changing of the leaves in autumn.

    奈良井宿の中程にあるお寺。臨済宗妙心寺派の禅寺で、奈良井の領主であった奈良井義高公が1582年創建した菩提寺。奥には心の字の池が作られた禅の境地を表現した庭園がある。隣の墓地の奥にマリア地蔵尊。隠れキリシタンが子育地蔵尊に擬えて、胸には十字架があり、キリストを抱いたマリア像。キリシタン禁制の時代、発覚したのであろう、頭部が無く、子供の顔も破壊されている。奈良井宿の入口近くの高札場にはキリシタン禁制...

  • Shinkoji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Sanadamachiosa 8100
    This temple is in Sanadamachiosa, Ueda City. Kosetsusai Daihakuji Temple is said to have been built in the Muromachi period, and the older brother of Masayuki Sanada (Yukimura Sanada’s father), Nobutsuna Sanada, transferred it to its current location, added several new buildings, and renamed it Daihakuzan Shinkoji Temple. After Nobutsuna’s death, Masayuki declared the area a memorial, and Nobutsuna’s wife’s tomb is still here.
  • Hasedera Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Sanadamachiosa 4646
    Located in Sanadamachiosa, Ueda City, this temple was founded as the Sanada family temple by Yukitaka Sanada in 1547. After Yukitaka’s death, Yukimura Sanada’s father, Masayuki Sanada, expanded the temple; it was destroyed by Tokugawa clan after the Siege of Ueda in 1600. It was rebuilt and destroyed twice thereafter, and the current structure was built in 1978. The public Sanada tomb on the temple grounds contains the graves of Yukitaka Sanada and Masayuki Sanada, and some Sanada fans come to pay their respects.
  • Motozenkoji Temple
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    87 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Idashi Zakouji 2638
    This temple is in Zakoji, Iida City. It is said to have been established in Yoshimitsu Honda’s hometown when he encountered Amida Buddha on his way to the capital in the 10th year of Empress Suiko’s reign (602). Afterwards, the Amida Buddha was transferred to Nagano City, where it is currently, and became established as Zenkoji Temple, which was named after Yoshimitsu. Visiting only Zenkoji Temple or Motozenkoji Temple is considered “unbalanced worship,” so many worshipers visit both.

    This is a must to visit site in the region. A very historical temple that comes in compact size that make it easy to see around. This temple is the original temple of the famous Zenkoji temple in...

  • Kozenji Temple
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    18 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Fukushima 5659
    Kozenji Temple, which contains Minamoto no Yoshinaka’s tomb and the biggest rock garden in the East, is one of Kiso’s three famous temples. There’s a well-known second-generation Shigure-zakura cherry tree planted by Minamoto no Yoshinaka himself, and it is illuminated every year from mid- to late April, giving it an almost ethereal appearance. This temple is about 25 minutes on foot from JR Kiso-Fukushima Station or five minutes by car.

    We had à beautyfull dat to go to Kozen ji, and we walked from the station to The Kozen ji. First we go to The museum and toen we go to the gradens. Very Nice autum colurs.

  • Zensanji Temple
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    47 Reviews
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Maeyama 300
    Zensanji Temple is said to have been initially opened in 812 as a sacred place where the monk Kukai is said to have honed his Homa ritual. The three-story “incomplete complete tower,” whose exact date of construction is not clear but is said to have been the beginning of the Muromachi period, is quite famous. You must try the temple’s famous homemade walnut bean cakes available in the temple kitchen reception room every year from the vernal equinox until around the end of November. It’s about a 30-minute drive from the Ueda Sugadaira Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway.

    一日数本のバスに乗って前山寺に訪れました。200円の参拝料を払うと重要文化財の立派な三重塔を見られます。また、茅葺き屋根の本堂も見どころです。

  • Chuzenji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Maeyama 1721
    Chuzenji Temple was built nearly 800 years ago (toward the end of the Heian period), and it is said to be the oldest temple not only in Nagano Prefecture, but the entire Chubu and Kanto regions. It has been designated an Important Cultural Property (structure). It is surrounded by trees and has a calm atmosphere that lets you feel the history of the place.

    重要文化財の薬師堂は、茅葺き屋根のもっこりとした感じが、大変素敵な姿です。 薬師如来像が祀られているそうですが、外から確認できませんでした。 そこの手前には、県指定文化財の金剛力士像を祀る仁王門がありますが、色あせていたのが残念でした。 な本堂には、本尊様として延命地蔵菩薩が鎮座されています。

  • Kozenji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Komaganeshi Akaho 29
    Kozenji Temple contains ten halls and is widely revered as the dwelling place of many deities of the South Shinshu region. It was established in 860 by Honjo Shonin and was mainly built to worship Acala, the God of Fire. The temple is undergoing renovations and maintenance until 2020, so some pathways have been changed. Make sure to confirm in advance. It’s about 10 minutes by car from the Komagane Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.
  • Kotokuji Temple
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma 605
    This Rinzai Zen temple is in Tsumago-juku, a nationally Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. National Route 256 runs through the area. Founded in 1500 during the Muromachi period, it is part of Kiso’s Seven Gods of Fortune pilgrimage (Ebisu) and the 21st of the 49 Sacred Chubu Yakushi Sites. It’s on a stone rampart above the main village, so you can see out over all of Tsumago-juku from the precincts. This is great in the fall when the autumn colors along the Kisoji Road are in full swing. The white walls, the impressive hedge, and the venerable weeping cherry tree before the gate, said to be over 250 years old, are all highlights. The temple has also preserved treasures like an antique palanquin, said to be the forerunner of the rickshaw.
  • Zenkoji Temple Fuchinobo
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    Nagano Prefecture Nagano-shi Motomachi 462
    A temple inn and restaurant located on the grounds of the Zenkoji Temple in Motoyoshi-cho, Nagano City. For food, the inn serves traditional Buddhist vegetarian meals and simple kaiseki dishes made with seasonal Nagano ingredients. Available for lodging as well, the inn offers a variety of activity plans, such as worshipping at the Zenkoji Temple before breakfast and entering the dimly lit, holy ordination platform area. Guests can also request to try sutra copying.

    事前にランチのコースの予約をし、お伺いしました。私達の名字の歓迎の文字が玄関にあり、それだけでもありがたい気分です。料理は精進料理で、だしの味がよく染みていて、どれもおいしくいただきました。

  • Kogenin
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    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Toyoda 6356
    "A Buddhist temple located in Toyoda, Iiyama City. The temple was founded over 600 years ago. Due to the 800 stocks and 10,000 flowers of bigleaf hydrangeas which grow along the approach to the temple, it is also known as the ""Hydrangea Temple,"" and a Hydrangea Festival is held in the area from the end of June. The temple is also known for its ""Pokkuri"" (""sudden"") Kannon statute, which celebrates Kannon's happily sudden and painless entry into the afterlife."

    There was a feeling of antiquity ... of ancient timelessness here. We came up on it when no one was around and it was so very quiet. I loved the woodworking under the roof eaves and the feeling of...

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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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