【Nagano】Zenko-ji Temple

Zenko-ji Temple (善光寺) is a standout amongst the most prevalent Buddhist sanctuary in eastern Japan. It was established more than 1400 years prior. The principle lobby, which was remade in 1707, is one of the National Treasure of Japan.

Generally, it opened to ladies when different sanctuaries were not, presently up to eight million individuals visit Zenkoji consistently. It is Tendai and Pure Land Buddhist Temple.


In spite of the fact that it has vanished from most different sanctuaries in Japan, Zenkoji holds the religious intensity of a working journey mecca. The billows of incense smoke and requests to God of innumerable travelers at the principle corridor bear witness to the significance of Zenkoji as a real place of love.

A spot for petition to God

All are welcome, paying little mind to sexual orientation, doctrine or religious conviction. Zenkoji is a non-partisan sanctuary whose religious pioneers share the obligation regarding ceremonies.

A spot for light

In spite of the fact that its concealed picture is the center of Zenkoji, the confidence honed here rises above icon adore. Zenkoji’s Buddha triad is an image of light, prompting the procurement of knowledge and truth.


Legend says that Zenkoji’s brilliant triad was the principal Buddhist picture to land in Japan in 552. The picture turned into an object of question between two fighting factions and was dumped into a channel.

Later safeguarded from the waterway by Honda Yoshimitsu, it was initially revered in his home here in Shinano, flow Nagano. The sanctuary was caled Zenko, named after Yoshimitsu’s name. Today, the genuine picture is never appeared, yet every seventh year a precise is uncovered in an excellent service called “Gokaicho.”


In a morning custom held day by day without fall flat, the high pries or priestess confronts going by travelers to appeal to God for their salvation and that of the world.

Travelers rub smoke from the tremendous incense burner on their bodies to bring wellbeing and favorable luck. Early morning guests lines up here to get a morning favoring from the consecrated minister or priestess.


Honden – the principle lobby

It is the national fortune of Japan. As indicated by old records, Zenkoji torched a few times and the present fundamental corridor was recreated in 1707. It is one of the greatest wooden structures in japan and is an extremely interesting Buddhist sanctuary working of the Edo Period.

The principle corridor is included two sections. The rooftop looks T-Shape(Shumoku-worked) as you see it from up above. Under the primary sacred place is a pitch-dull passage called “Okaidan.” Touching the “Way to Pure-Land” while going through the passage will favor a solid tie with the fundamental picture (Nyorai) and guarantee to Pure=Land.

Niomon Gate

The entryway was worked around 100 years prior after the previous one was consumed with extreme heat by a fire. On either side of the entryway are two savage looking gatekeepers who keep abhorrent sprits from entering the reason. 14m high, 13m wide and 7m profound.

Roku Jizo

Jizo-Bosatsu are exceptionally prominent among Japanese individuals. They are our defenders of the following six domains. All souls must transmigrate through domain until they achieve edification. Each of these Jizo secures one of the six domains.

The six domains are: Hell, Starvation, monsters, massacre, individuals and grand creatures.

Nurebotoke – Wet Jizo

This situated bronze figure of Jizo-Bosatsu was manufactured in 1722. THe principle corridor had copied down a few times before, so this Wet Jizo serves as a request to God for insurance of the sanctuary from flame.

Commemoration Monument for Sato Brothers

This is the most seasoned commemoration stone in the Zenkoji premises, committed around 600 years prior. It respects two warrior siblings, Sato Tsugunobu and Tadanobu, who disastrously kicked the bucket fro their expert, Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Their mom has gone to Zenkoji and devoted this landmark as a supplication to God for the rest of their sprits.

Kyozo – Sutra Repository

“Kyozo” was finished in 1759. The octagonal pivoting sutra holder inside contain a complete arrangement of Buddhis sutras. One rotaition of the holder favors one as much religious legitimacy as droning every one of the sutras.

Shoro – Temple Bell Tower

The chime was thrown in 1667, and the tower was remade in 1853. It is picked as One of the 100 delightful hints of Japan.

Official Web:http://www.zenkoji.jp/

Main hall opens: one hour before morning ritual(latest is 6 am) to 16:00
Museum open: 9:00 to 16:00


From JR Nagano Station,use bus to Zenkoij sando


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