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Zenkoji Temple

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Address: 3-36-1 Zenkoji, Kofu 400-0806, Yamanashi Prefecture
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+81 55-233-7570

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Impressive wood structure

The temple is said to be the largest wood structure in eastern Japan. Nice koi pond on the property.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
c g
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walking towards the shrine from the main road, it's impressive just how large the main building is. Framed through the gate, it makes for a great photo. Inside, there is a very faded dragon painted on the roof. Supposedly, if you stand in the right place (just under the dragon's head) and clap your hands you will hear a series... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple is said to be the largest wood structure in eastern Japan. Nice koi pond on the property.

Thank c g
Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Compared to its more famous counterpart at Nagano, also called Zenkoji, this quiet temple has nothing much to offer visitors who don't understand Japanese. For 500Y, you can enter the inner prayer hall and go on a self-guided tour with a voice recording explaining everything in Japanese. We saw people standing on marked footprints on the floor and clapping –... More 

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

OK Japan is stuffed full of temples and I wouldn't pretend this is the best, however it is worth a trip from town if you fancy a nice hour wind down and relax as you take in the architecture and the lovely surrounding gardens and setting. The views to the mountains beyond make this quite the urban retreat. If in... More 

Thank KMHGS75
Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

A beautifully preserve Buddhist temple dated 1556. There is no fee to view the temple. The grounds are very beautiful with a lovely fish pond. If you stand in the center of the main hall you can clap an here the echo. Look for the footprints on the wooden floor. Make sure to take off your shoes prior to entering... More 

Thank Acoaco5
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669 reviews
249 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2015

Lovely temple, with so many interesting features--the "roaring dragon" overhead, the dark passage to the fateful lock, and a feeling of ancientness. Beautiful grounds and many smaller structures, shrines, and monuments well worth wandering through. The friendly folks at the lobby entrance have an English language guidebook for the temple that can be borrowed during ones visit, for those of... More 

Thank ArlettaC
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

The name of this temple is called "Kaizenkouji". It is a very beautiful place. There is a "Nakiryuu. That this is very strange breaks out. Please actually carry out and strike a hand. You will surely be surprised.

Thank Yamanashiken
Kofu, Japan
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2014

This is a beautiful temple tucked away in a suburban neighbourhood. It has lovely strolling gardens with a carp pond and drooping trees and the interior is very interesting. You can go down a pitch black passage using your hands to find a sacred key which will give you a lifetime of good luck, there is a beautiful dragon motif... More 

Thank Anya D

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