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Zenko-ji Temple

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Address: I-491 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851, Nagano Prefecture
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This is an interesting complex with the main Temple and a range of associated areas. A large cemetery, underground passage, lion incense burner and outer gate (with giant... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting complex with the main Temple and a range of associated areas. A large cemetery, underground passage, lion incense burner and outer gate (with giant protective warrior statues) makes it a worthwhile visit. The walk up road leading to the temple complex is very interesting with a lot of old buildings and good shops.

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good and great place to visit..easy to reach by bus.and a lot of small places to eat around.Beautiful temples , shrinesand garden.

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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Zenko-ji was one of the most beautiful and impressive temples and grounds of our trip to Japan. It is very peaceful (when you go at 7 am). The was a very nice monk who told us (in English) about the temple history. There are many buildings with intricate wood carving in the construction. The grounds are meticulously maintained. The shops... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Make a point to visit - beautiful temple and grounds - we happened to go in the evening and the lit lanterns and the dusky background made it look so beautiful!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Lots to look at and experience. Gorgeous grounds. Surrounding town also very quaint. We didn't have time to take the most comprehensive tour.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Its a very easy to locate temple in the other end of the street. Can either slowly stroll upwards or take a short trip bus towards the temple. Beautiful temple however the weather was slight gloomy hence of the grey picture effect. Great to do a stroll around the gardens which are very zen and peaceful! A great temple to... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We didn't expect to see such a beautiful temple with cool places around it. We liked it so much that we took an hour train next day and came back just to walk around again and enjoy this cultural experience.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Situated in Nagano city, Zenkoji Temple is busy, but you are able to find pockets of quiet contemplation amongst the trees and various monuments commemorating the souls of those long passed. You can enter the complex for free, but if you want to look at the alter within the temple itself you need to pay a fee. Popular with locals... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We walked through the lovely town of Nagano before sunrise in time to be "blessed" by the abbot and to listen to the monks morning chant. Well worth it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Without doubt, the Zenkoji temple, built on top of a hill, seemed to dominate Nagano city. The temple is easily accessible from the hotels around the Nagano train station either by bus or the local Dentetsu Nagano train. If you go by either bus or train, do not miss the leisurely walk back to Nagano station as you would pass... More 

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