Built in the massive yet elegant structure of two-storied Irimoya Zukuri (hip-and-gable roof) style, the Sanmon, or main gate of this temple was built in the mid-Edo period. Five pigeons are painted in the hoisted frame of “Zenkoji temple”. Some suggests that the Chinese character for ‘Zen’ resembles a face of a cow.
The second floor exhibits treasures such as the statue of Monju Bosatsu, which is the principle image of the gate, statues of Shitenno (the four heavenly kings) guarding four corners of the Bosatsu, vividly restored partition pictures for the altar room, and alter Buddha statues from Shikoku eighty-eight sacred places.
|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||The Main Gate Visiting Hours: 9:00 to 16:00 (estimated)
*Visiting hour may end early due to variuos factors (e.g., degree of congestion)
|Holiday||Open throughout the year|
|Price||Addmission fee: Adults 500 yen, High school students 200 yen, Elementary/Junior high school students 50 yen|
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