Zentsuji Temple

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.

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Kagawa Pref. Zentsujishi Zentsujichou 3-3-1 map map Map
[Treasure Museum and Kaidan Tour] 8:00-16:30
open everyday
[Treasure Museum/Kaidan Tour (common ticket)] 500yen
Parking Lot
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Available(KANAGAWA WiFi)
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • A must place to visit if you are in Kagawa
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.03.04
    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.
  • Really great experience in the belly of the Buddha
    5.0 Reviewed : 2020.01.13
    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...
  • Daishi birthplace
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.08.10
    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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