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I-491 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851, Nagano Prefecture
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All reviewsnagano stationunderground passagemain halldark tunnelsouvenir shopscomplete darknessincense burnermorning serviceworth a visitroad leadingvisiting japancouple of hoursnice walknagano areaice creamearly morninggrounds are beautiful
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The temple grounds and the temple itself are very nice, and the surroundings are great too. Be sure to go inside and go into the tunnel, it’s kind of a weird but fun experience. The road towards the temple has lots of nice shops.

Thank jolav12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to experience Japanese culture and the understanding of ancient history look no further. Breathtaking magical beautiful. Keep your voices down dumb Aussies shut up and look that’s about the only thing that might ruin your experience as many places we visited were...More

Thank Byron d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful! One of the best parts of Japan. Really enjoyed staying near the temple at DOT dormitory so that I could return to this part of town each day.

Thank lola0476
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Temple after arriving at Nagano station. The Temple is about 30 minutes walk from the train station but you can also take a bus. I love the small street leading up to Zenkoji, so quiet and authentic. We stopped to have a...More

Thank marellemahy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Zenkoji Temple is a must, a lovely 20mins stroll (approx) up the cobbled stone street to it with numerous cafes, souvenir shops etc. on the way to browse at. Feels like a boutique / speciality shop area without the crowds in mid June. The grounds...More

Thank Gary L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to stop at this temple on the way back to Nagano station, and it was worth it. The walk leading up to the temple has a lot of food (a lot of ice cream) and shops for souvenirs . The temple also looked...More

Thank Adrian L
Reviewed May 19, 2018

I was with friends driving out from Kariuzawa and honestly didn't know where we were going, until we got close to some signage. We ended up in Nagano and headed here. The area upon coming up to the temple is really nice. A lot of...More

Thank dutchiedonuts
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

The temple was great and when we went it wasn’t so crowded so that was encouraging. The shopping street in front wasn’t too crowded so again, encouraging and try the chestnut ice cream, it’s refreshing and light!

2  Thank TPereiraSydney
Reviewed May 6, 2018

Walk up to the main temple. The street that you need to walk up is interesting with souvenir shops. The temple is large and quite beautiful. The grounds are peaceful. Inside the temple you can follow the path to enlightenment (in pitch black).

Thank Bruce J
Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

We were on our way to Shibu Onsen and Jigokudani Monkey park, which requires you to switch trains at Nagano from Tokyo. We got out and took a bus, only 150 yen, to the the temple. It’s a lovely peaceful Buddhist temple. I am not...More

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December 6, 2017|
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Response from Ted T | 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 Haakan N | Reviewed this property |
Hi!! It`s about 30 km with car and the ride takes about 40 - 45 min