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Zenkoji Temple善光寺


This is a non-sectarian Buddhist temple located in Nagano City. The temple attracts worshippers who thanks its acceptance of all sects and its stunning main image, the Amida Triad Sharing One Halo. In the Edo period, it was even said that one should visit the Zenkoji Temple at least once in one’s lifetime. Each morning the Oasaji ceremony is held with the rising of the sun; visitors can observe the ritual up close with the purchase of a ticket granting access to the inner temple. Once every seven years, the Gokaicho ceremony is held where the temple’s main image is unveiled to the general public. 15 minutes by bus from JR Nagano Station.

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place Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou 491-b
phone 0262343591

Review of Zenko-ji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/11/15 Nice Temple in Nagoya
Zenko-ji Temple should be a "must see" spot in Nagoya. Quite an amazing temple with a lovely pathway in front. Highly recommended.
Reviewed:2018/11/03 Beautiful with calm atmosphere
A visit to this place is so relaxing, even though it's usually crowded. Love the area around the temple as well, with all the little local shops.
Reviewed:2018/11/01 Day visit
On a day visit to Nagano and went to Zenkoji Temple. It’s huge and the lovely pathway is like an old Japanese street leading up to the entrance into the temple. Beautiful .



Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Naganomotoyoshichou 491-b [map]



Grounds freedom
※ different halls are different
open everyday
Precincts freedom (main hall in-house, patrol on the altar, Zenko-ji Archives common ticket 500 yen, Yamamon Admission fee to worship 500 yen)
Parking Lot
Credit Card
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          There is no Station nearby. There is no Bus Stop nearby. There is no Parking nearby. There is no IC nearby.

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          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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