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Address: 3-3-1 Zentsujicho, Zentsuji 765-8506, Kagawa Prefecture
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Zentsu-ji has a number of important and interesting buildings, including a very good museum. Pilgrims are often seen there. Pilgrims on the entry bridge provide a particularly... read more

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Paso Robles, CA
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Paso Robles, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zentsu-ji has a number of important and interesting buildings, including a very good museum. Pilgrims are often seen there. Pilgrims on the entry bridge provide a particularly good photo opportunity.

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Takamatsu, Japan
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Number 75 on the 88-temple pilgrimage of Shikoku, Zentsuji is much more impressive than many because it is the reputed birthplace of the founder of Shingon, Kobo Daishi. There are multiple buildings scattered on the grounds which make it fun to explore. You may also pay extra for a trip to the cellar of the main hall; it is completely... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

It may not be the best sightseeing venue.The temple has a long history. It was established by a monk over a thousand years ago. He went to China to learn Buddhist teaching and bought it back to Japan. As such, the temple tells the history of Buddhism in Japan.

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Ely, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Anyone visiting Japan will see many temples and they can blur into one but Zentsu-ji will stand out in your memory. It is number 75 of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku and probably the most important as it is the birthplace of Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon (True Word) sect of Japanese Buddhism in Japan. It consists... More 

Thank SimonB-Ely
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We came to Zentsuji specifically to do the underground tunnel ("kaidan meguri."). It was spooky but thrilling. The four of us made a train with our hands on each others' shoulders, left hands touching the wall; and it seemed to take forever to walk through the pitch-black tunnel. The walls twist and turn, and just when you feel that you... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

I wouldn't rank this as my most favourite sight on Shikoku but as Japanese temples go, this one is good because it's so big. Lots of interesting things tucked away in corners and a neat pitch black passageway and shrine under the main temple building (not free). You can also stay at the adjoining accommodation for pilgrims (although my Japanese-speaking... More 

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015

This complex of temples & pagodas mark the birthplace of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shinbone Buddhism; it is surrounded by a town and the juxtaposition of the temples & modern buildings offers some interesting photo opportunities.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Great temple, wonderful treasury museum and the pagoda is great. We enjoyed the full experience, the treasury had a great exhibition, amazing display from different century's. Peaceful and tranquil.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 736 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2015

Zentsu-ji is in a tiny town with no tourist information center that we could find. We got a map from the JR clerk but it was only in Japanese. Directions: go out the station door and keep walking straight till you see the pagoda. On this particular Sunday, the tidy little town of Zentsui-ji was utterly deserted. We walked and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2014

If you're looking to see temples off the beaten path. Can get quite crowded during the Spring and Autumn with visiting pilgrims, but still a great place to see and visit.

Thank WaikikiWanderers

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