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Zenko-ji Temple

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Zenko-ji Temple

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You can do Sake Tasting in friendly owner’s brewery,&#xa0;have wonderful local Matsumoto food for lunch and drink great local craft beer. We will walk through famous street in old town as well as hidden places to explore more about Matsumoto city. Of course in this tour you will enjoy Matsumoto castle which is ranked in top 3 beautiful castle in Japan and is a registered National Treasure.<br><br>- Matsumoto castle entrance fees are included<br>- Sake Tasting<br>- Lunch<br>- Local Craft Beer(1 drink)<br>- Walking through one of the busiest streets in Matsumoto city and you can enjoy Japanese stalls<br>- Learn and practice authentic Japanese eating style and discover other parts of - Matsumoto outside of your guidebook.<br>- Connect with local business owners to learn the history and local culture.<br>- Photography Tour / We will be on hand to take some happy snaps(by DSLR camera) which will be shared with you after the tour!
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Ramadurai R wrote a review Nov 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio92 contributions61 helpful votes
Loved the structure. Very historic and huge. They have also created a nice museum where the history and great artifacts are stored. Surrounding area has lot of temples and shops
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Date of experience: November 2020
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸 wrote a review Mar 2020
Vermont6347 contributions1166 helpful votes
We have visited Zenko-ji on three different sakura trips and each time the blossoms did not disappoint. The weeping tree on the side of the main hall is spectacular when in full bloom - not to be missed. Bridal shoots occur throughout the temple compound in this season, but especially at this tree. The grounds are lovely throughout. Don’t miss the trees behind the main hall and the many stone lanterns there and elsewhere. There are several small gardens with more flowering trees. If you stand near the photogenic bell tower long enough, you will be there when the ringer arrives, bows to the bell and using the beam suspended on ropes strikes the bell which resonates for a very long time. Statues abound, especially the seven Jizo Bodhisattva at the Sanmon Gate. Many side buildings are more peaceful and less crowded than the main hall area and they too contain statues, bells and lanterns. If you walk behind the main hall and up a bit you arrive at the pagoda which contains the Zenkoji History Museum. It can take several hours to walk around, view, and photograph all that is here. Take your time to enjoy the whole temple compound. There is a city bus that runs to the temple from the station, or you can walk up the hill to the temple from the station - it takes about 30 minutes. The road immediately in front of the gate is full of shops selling souvenirs, religious items, and food. Good soft ice cream can be had here. The streets running parallel to this one are very interesting and worth a stroll. Even if the cherry trees are not a peak, and even if it is not sakura season at all, Zenko-ji is definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: April 2019
SteveS1970 wrote a review Mar 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom6923 contributions464 helpful votes
Nagano seems to still be in the past, which odds a good thing, as there is very little English written when you walk through its streets which is a nice change. The temple is stunning and well worth a visit when visiting the area, a real taste of old Japan.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Mark P wrote a review Mar 2020
Sarina, Australia49 contributions9 helpful votes
We had rain and showboarding was so so. We caught the train from Myoko to Nagano and explored the street leading to the temple and the temple grounds. It was a great day out. Sample the street food as you go up the street - don’t stop for a full meal anywhere.
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Date of experience: February 2020
BZimm08 wrote a review Mar 2020
Iwakuni, Japan1609 contributions629 helpful votes
There is a lot going on at the Zenko-Ji Temple, so many historic sites to include shrines, monuments, and green space. I walked here from the train station and really enjoyed the main street leading up to the temple. There are a lot of shops and restaurants here to try out. The temple itself is huge and well worth exploring, I love the old wood and traditional colors, it makes you really feel like you are in Japan. There is not to much to do in Nagano, so definitely check out the Zenko-ji Temple.
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Date of experience: March 2020