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Address: I-491 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851, Nagano Prefecture
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06:00 - 16:00
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A very famous temple in Nagano. Big site lots of different buildings to see. Holds the first statue of buddha to come to Japan. Not on show but it makes this temple a very famous... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A very famous temple in Nagano. Big site lots of different buildings to see. Holds the first statue of buddha to come to Japan. Not on show but it makes this temple a very famous site and during holidays and religious festivals its unbelievable how busy it becomes. There is a staircase that leads down to a pitch black corridor... More 

Thank neil g
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Japan have Shinto shrines & temples everywhere but they are some more attractive than others but all to be seen.

Thank yaminasmith
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Old Historical place... take your time for temple and gardens or the early morning ceremony - wonderful. This place shows Buddhism and traditions and myths

Thank Bettina S
Osaka, Japan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was dark tunnel inside of tunnel. We had to walk without any lights!!! It's called hell to heaven as at the last, you will see lights! So scared and fun!!! 善光寺の中には暗闇の中、壁をつたって歩いて行くトンネルがあり、何メートルかは謎ですが怖くてミステリアスで楽しかったです。これは地獄から抜け出す為の道と言われているそうで最後は光が見えて安心しました!

Thank erikamix
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travel from Karuizawa to Nagano by Shinkansen using JR east pass (Nagano, Niigitta)! So excited to travel to Nagano as we will collect stamps for Seven Deities of Good Fortune, stayed in temple lodging & attend next day temple morning service about 6am in Zenko-ji temple with all the monks. We get the paper for stamps of Seven Deities of... More 

Thank cooblue
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Zenko-ji has a row of dozens of little shops leading up to it, which feature tons of omiyage as well as sweets and our favorite snack, the oyaki. Oyaki is a vegetarian snack made with some sort of rice-potato-meal/flour and stuffed with whatever filling you like. We particularly enjoyed the apple, mushroom, and mixed greens, but all of them were... More 

Thank dorifuta
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here on the local bus from Nagano station. It is not very far from here but uphill and time was tight. Walked back in to town which is a pleasant stroll. It is a nice temple with pretty gardens and worth a visit. We saw a photo of it illuminated in red at night, so went back again... More 

Thank itchyfeet2014
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this temple with friends (Caucasian and Japanese) and it was both a fun and spiritually rewarding process. Many temples I feel as though I am being disrespectful by participating in the spiritual activities but this felt very open and accommodating to foreigners. The markets and area is also quite nicely laid out.

Thank HarveyDangerAUS
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The morning service was fantastic! We stayed at the Metropolitan which was a 30 minute walk south of temple. Since we didn't want to walk that far in the pouring rain, we had our hotel reserve a taxi ready for us at 5:50. This proved to be more than enough time to make the 6:23 ceremony and we could have... More 

Thank justinballetta
Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Nagano isn't to crowded with tourists, so here you get a big beautiful temple and some room to meditate.

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