Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano

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One of the last remaining Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Japan, Zenko-ji Temple draws worshippers seeking enlightenment from all over the country. Originally built in the 7th century, the temple compound stood before Japanese Buddhism was divided into sects, so priests of two different Buddhist schools share management of the shrine. The complex contains several gardens and buildings, including prayer rooms and a nunnery. The main temple holds a hidden Buddha statue that even the chief priest isn't allowed to view. Walk the pitch-black corridor under the temple to find and touch the hanging key of enlightenment. Using our online itinerary creator, Nagano attractions like Zenko-ji Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The ground is vast at Zenkoji. It is a worthwhile visit while in Nagano. The dark passage was an experience and enlightening, if you try to appreciate the hidden meaning of the journey. There is a.....  more »
  • We came to Zenko-ji Temple in the afternoon on Tuesday December 31. We were staying at the Metropolitan Hotel in Nagano Station and bought the Snow Monkey Pass for 3600 yen per person. This Pass...  more »
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