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Ichijozan Daiho-ji Temple一乗山 大法寺


"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. "


Nagano Pref. Chisagatagunaokimura Tougou 2052

phone 0268492256

[During Summer(Apr.-Oct.)]9:00-17:00
[Winter season(Nov.-Mar.)]9:00-16:00

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Nagano Pref. Chisagatagunaokimura Tougou 2052 [map]



[During Summer(Apr.-Oct.)]9:00-17:00
[Winter season(Nov.-Mar.)]9:00-16:00
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship] Adults 300yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 100yen, Special Admission fee (11-sided Kannon/Fuken Admission fee) 700yen
Parking Lot
Available (1st parking lot bus 4spaces, Cars10spaces)/2nd parking lot (Cars9spaces)
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Not available

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