The foundation of Zenkoji temple is believed to be around 1,400 years ago.
The present main hall is a majestic wooden architecture rebuilt in the Mid-Edo period (1707 A.D.), spans 24 meters wide and 54 meters long. It has a unique structure called “Shumoku Zukuri (literally, ‘wooden bell-hammer structure’)”, which illustrates the old custom of “okomori”, during which many pilgrims seclude themselves overnight to offer prayers. It was designated as a National Treasure in 1953.
Zenkoji has been known as a temple that saves people regardless of their sects. Many pilgrims from nation-wide have been paying visits since the Heian period (8th century).
|Address||491-I Nagano Motoyoshi-cho Nagano-shi
zip code: 380-0851
|Phone Number||Zenkoji Office +81-26-234-3591|
|Website||http://www.zenkoji.jp/||MAPCODE *||54 277 056*72|
|Access||Approx. 10 km from Nagano IC. 30 min. walk or 10 min. bus ride from JR Nagano Station.|
|Parking||Zenkoji Parking Lot #1 (Northwest of the precincts)：Public parking. General passenger cars only. Open 24 hours.
Zenkoji Parking Lot #2 (West of the precincts): For Pilgrim’s lodging only.
Zenkoji Parking Lot #3 (Northeast of the precincts): Public parking. General passenger cars only. Open 24 hours.
Zenkoji Parking Lot #4 (West of the precincts): For general passenger cars, motorcycles and buses. Open 24 hours.
Zenkoji Parking Lot #5 (West of the precincts): Public parking. General passenger cars only. Open 24 hours.
Passenger cars 500 yen up to 2 hours (200 yen for each additional hour), Buses and Mini buses 2,500 yen up to 2 hours (500 yen for every additional 30 minutes), Motorcycles 300 yen
|Hours||From sunrise till sunset (changes between 4:30 and 16:30 dependeing on the season).||Holiday|
|Price||Visiting free of charge, Hall entrance tickets 500 yen (applicable for entering Naijin, Okaidan Meguri, Scripture House and Zenkoji Museum)|
|Remarks / Supplementary Note||Time required: Approx. 1 to 2 hours|
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