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Zentsuji Temple (総本山 善通寺)

Zentsuji Temple is the grand head temple of the Shingon sect Zentsuji school, located in Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture. It is the 75th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. The area where the temple stands is known as the birthplace of Kobo Daishi (Kukai), and he himself built the temple over a period of six years from 807 with the aid of donations from his father. The temple is noted as one of the three holy sites linked to Kobo Daishi and has drawn worshipers since the olden days. Within the vast temple grounds are housed National Treasures relating to Kobo Daishi and numerous Important Cultural Properties. Saiin, or the Western Temple, is called the birthplace temple and it is here where visitors will find the ordination platform revered as the place of Kobo Daishi’s birth.


Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Zentsujichou 3-3-1 (Marugame / KotohiraArea)

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[Treasure Hall/Ordination Platform Tour] 8:00-16:30

Review of Zentsu-ji Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/03/04 A must place to visit if you are in Kagawa
Beautiful Temple and surroundings.
You can learn so much from this visit.
The birthplace of Kobo Daishi and Temple number 75 on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku.
Reviewed:2020/01/13 Really great experience in the belly of the Buddha
This is a very large temple and is highly recommended for a visit while on Shikoku. I havent visited a large number of temples in my lifetime, but I have been to a few. This was one of the larger...
Reviewed:2019/08/10 Daishi birthplace
One of the must visit temples on the trail, the highlight is the descent into the birth room of Kobo Daishi. The pitch dark approach to the room gives you a serene feeling.

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Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Zentsujichou 3-3-1 [map]
Marugame / KotohiraArea
[Treasure Hall/Ordination Platform Tour] 8:00-16:30
open everyday
[Treasure Hall/Ordination Platform Tour (Common Ticket)] 500yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, Diners Club)
Available(KANAGAWA WiFi)
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

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          Kagawa Areas


          Japan's smallest prefecture, Kagawa, may take up just a small corner of Shikoku, but it has grown increasingly popular with the recognition of Naoshima, its "art island" in the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and Honshu. Just a stone's throw from the islands, mainland Kagawa's prefectural capital, Takamatsu, holds history in its castle ruins and its pride and joy, Ritsurin Garden, is known as one of the country's best gardens.