Popular tourist spots to feel Japan Vol.43 Visit Zenko-ji Temple at least once in a life Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano Powerful temple architectures and Japanese tasteful shops at the approach
“Visit Zenko-ji Temple at least once in a life”
It has been said since the Edo Period.
Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture has been worshiped by a lot of people.
It is well known as a non-sectarian temple, before Japanese Buddhism separated into various sects, and it is a place that a lot of worshippers and tourists from both Japan and abroad to visit.
Zenko-ji Temple was built in 644 A.D., so it has about 1400 years of history.
Its temple architecture style is quite powerful.
The main temple of Zenko-ji Temple, designated as a national treasure, is the 3rd largest wooden architecture in Japan; it is 27 meters high, 24 meters wide, and 53 meters deep.
And also, you should experience “Okaidan Meguri”, that goes just under the main temple and pass the darkest road by groping.
“Sanmon Gate”, an important cultural property, is able to enter the inside, and it is good to see the approach of Zenko-ji Temple on the huge gate.
On the 2nd floor of Sanmon Gate, there is a lot of graffiti that are names and places of birth of visitors since long time ago, so that it is able to feel the history and the atmosphere.
In Daikanji, the tatami widely laid, the solemn “Gyou” is regularly held that is to calm own heart and face with oneself by Shakyou (sutra writing) and Zazen (Zen meditation).
Also, the wedding ceremony at the temple is popular to vow the love in front of the Buddha.
No matter what the sect is, Zenko-ji Temple is able to accept any people so that it is able to be a power spot where a lot of people visit even today.
In Zenko-ji Temple, there are various attractive shops at the approach.
There are a lot of places that want to go and for eating; a brewery that is able to test drink from AM 8:30, a Japanese restaurant that is able to eat seasonal foods, a well-established soba restaurant that is able to eat fresh soba in the tatami floored room with the Japanese atmosphere, and so on.
You are able to enjoy the relaxing moment after the worship.
There is the luxurious moment to visit the temple and enjoy the local tastes in Nagano during the autumn season, best season to be.
You will understand “Visit Zenko-ji Temple at least once in a life”, and it will be the wonderful experience.
Source of photos:https://www.benesse.jp/contents/history/zenkouji/ https://gotrip.jp/2016/10/45552/
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