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Zenko-ji Temple

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I-491 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851, Nagano Prefecture
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All reviews nagano station underground passage main hall dark tunnel souvenir shops incense burner worth a visit road leading ice cream nagano area couple of hours grounds are beautiful nice walk national treasure soba noodles shopping street cherry blossoms
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Everything you would expect from a glorious temple!! The archetecture is stunning. Very close to the Gondo too which is great for conevenience. The staff are very helpful. I want to visit again soon. Enjoy!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LindaHigashi12
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan from 7th century. In the main hall there is a pitch dark passage way where monks need to go through before ordination. Very interesting! If you visit in Feb, you might be a lie to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kirikuru
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful temple right in the heart of Nagano. Its a must for everyone who visits this prefecture. The temple it self is free and welcomes everyone from every race an religion. If you visit you must learn about the history of this particular temple...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Scuba2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited as part of a day tour during winter when there were very few crowds. An easy walk from the Nagano train station. There are little shops along the pedestrian only way leading to the main temple. Two awesome wooden statues at the gate entrance,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank juliem28500
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Free to enter however there are a few extra experiences that you can buy tickets for. eg. to go up to the observation deck on the gate house. Worth the visit, pay for the extras at your pleasure. Take any bus from stop1 on north...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ARK521
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a must do tour if you are in Nagano area, also can easily be done as a day tour from Tokyo. We combined it with the snow monkey park. The temple is a short bus ride from the train station. Zenkoji Temple was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sunshine1p
Reviewed 7 January 2019 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 7 January 2019

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 6 January 2019

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 31 December 2018 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
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6 December 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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13 May 2017|
Response from skytten61a | Reviewed this property |
Hi!! It`s about 30 km with car and the ride takes about 40 - 45 min