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  • Address: Motoyoshicho-491, Nagano, Japan
  • Hours: Vary

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Zenkō-ji Temple Tours

In the year 642, Zenko-ji Temple was founded when one of the earliest Buddhist statues in Japan, brought over from the Korean Peninsula, was enshrined at the site. Today, the temple is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the country, as well as Japan’s third largest wooden structure, with the entire town of Nagano built up around it.

The structure as it stands today dates back to 1707 and contains a large hall displaying a variety of Buddhist statuary, a main alter and an underground passage beneath the alter where visitors can pass in complete darkness, feeling for a single key on the wall -- the key to paradise -- that’s believed to grand salvation to any who touch it.

Behind the main temple, a newer pagoda houses the Zenko-ji History Museum with its collection of statues of the Buddha and his disciples.

Practical Info

Temple lodgings lining the approach to the temple make a perfect spot to spend a night for visitors who want to attend a daily sunrise service.

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Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan, Nagano, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy a 2-day, 1 night trip in Nagano where you will spend one full day with an English-speaking guide with a private vehicle taking you around the ...  Read more

Location: Nagano, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.85
Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano, Nagano, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 58 Reviews

Take in some of the highlights of Nagano with this engaging tour; starting with the world-famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani, the only troop of monkeys known ...  Read more

Location: Nagano, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.82

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