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Zenko-ji Temple

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I-491 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great cultural journey, 1500 years in the making, really impressive. Don’t need me to say, just do it!!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jjtcstars
Reviewed 1 week ago

This shrine welcomes everyone, including pets. It is a must-see if traveling to Nagano. A guide would be helpful since there are so many interesting facts and things to see that you would miss if you are just wandering around.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tunsi3
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visted the Zenko-ji Temple on the last day of the New Year holiday. Extremely busy but still a great place to visit. Very impressive at the top of the main street of Nagano.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank faysie2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nagano is a quiet city. The temple is an enjoyable walk from the street leading up to the temple ground. Worth a visit

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joe P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To be honest, i didn't expect much coming here. But i was wrong! These are the most amazing and oldest buddist temples in Japan. Much less crowded than the ones in Tokyo, this complex has such a tranquil and pristine atmosphere with beatiful traditional houses...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EkaterinaF125
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoy the walk up a gentle slope toward the main temple gate. Japanese shrine architecture has always been a mystery to me. The symmetry and symbolism are intriguing

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a huge temple, supposedly around which Nagano city grew up around. It is worthy of a visit for the historical and cultural significance.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nagano is my hometown and I live in a house just 7 minutes walk from Zenkoji temple. I often go there just for taking a walk or joining meditation lectures from the monk at Daikanjin (大勧進) - they do every Sunday 3:00pm (sometime 7:00am as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank love_nagano
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was snowing when we entered the temple. It gave beautiful caps to all the buildings and structures. Indeed a beautiful place.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

Zenko-ji Temple should be a "must see" spot in Nagoya. Quite an amazing temple with a lovely pathway in front. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: October 2018
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December 6, 2017|
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Response from 27tedt | Reviewed this property |
Yes, on the way to the main temple building, there are several spots selling various kinds of Goshuin. And they sell Goshuin stamp book as well to collect them.
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May 13, 2017|
Response from skytten61a | Reviewed this property |
Hi!! It`s about 30 km with car and the ride takes about 40 - 45 min
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Help my 16 days itinerary (1 Replies)
Hi This is our first trip to Japan and I have drafted out the following itineraries. Am not sure if our itineraries are too packed or too empty. We are travelling with 2 kids so we would prefer a more relaxing trip. Am running out of idea on our last day. Any recommendation before we head to airport? We would want to include hiroshima if possible but am not sure if it's too packed so we've excluded that out. Can someone help? TIA! Day 1 Reach Osaka 21.20, proceed to Hotel Day...More
January 27, 2015|
Response fromNao H|
Day 1 Reach Osaka 21.20, proceed to Hotel Day 2 Universal Studio Day 3 Umeda, Shinsaibashi/Dotonbori Day 4 Nara Park, Osaka Castle Day 5 Kobe-Explore by Kobe Loop Bus or Walk Day 6 Kyoto-Explore by Kyoto City Bus. 1)Take bus 南5 to Fushimi Inari Shrine. 2) Back to Kyoto Station and take Bus 100 or 206 to Kiymizudera3) Take bus 207 to Shjio Takakura. Takakura Dori walk inward will reach Nishiki Market Day 7 Hiroshima/Miyajima Day Trip Day 8 Check out Hotel and...More
First Visit To Japan - Which pass to use ? (6 Replies)
Hi, Below are our draft itineraries. This is our first trip to Japan and we're confused with the different type of pass. Based on our itineraries, which pass should we buy ? Should we get at 7 days JPR and travel from Day 5 to 11 and the rest on Sucia card ? Hope someone can help us. Day 1 Reach Osaka 21.20, proceed to Hotel Day 2 Nara Park, Osaka Castle Day 3 Umeda, Shinsaibashi/Dotonbori Day 4 Universal Studio Day 5 Kobe-Explore by Kobe Loop Bus or Walk Day 6...More
January 24, 2015|
Response fromF N|
You should not buy JR Pass