Zenkoji Temple in Nagano, Opening Hours? Underground Passage?

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Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano

Zenkoji temple (善光寺) is one of the most famous temples in Japan. This temple’s Honzon (principal image of Buddha) is Amida Nyorai statue from China. However, this culture originally came from India. The main shrine of Zenko-ji that was built in 1707, has registered a national treasure. There are many hospices and eating establishments and souvenir shops aside from the main street to the main shrine. It is exposed to the public once every 7 years. This event is called “Gokai-Cho (御開帳)”

ADDRESS491, Motoyoshi machi, Ooaza Nagano, Nagano City.
CATEGORYTemple
BEST SEASONAll
PARKINGThere are a lot of pay parking
PRICE

ACCESS TO ZENKOJI TEMPLE

Zenkoji Temple from Nagano Sation

The nearest station is Nagano Station (長野駅). Approximately 20 minutes by walk. A road from Nagano station to Zenko-ji is easy to understand. There are many characteristic shops in the front area of Zenko-ji.

Access from Haneda Airport

1, Approximately 20 minutes, Haneda Airport International Terminal Station to Hamamatucho Station (490 yen/ Tokyo-Monorail Local)

2, Approximately 7 minutes, Hamamatucho Station to Tokyo Station (160 yen/ Keihintohoku Line Local)

3, Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, Tokyo Station to Nagano Station (8,000 yen/ Hokuriku Shinkansen Hakutaka)

Access from Narita Airport

1, Approximately 1 hour, Narita Airport International Terminal 1 to Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit (1,000 yen/ Narita-Airport Limousine Bus Airport Shuttle Bus)

2, Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, Tokyo Station to Nagano Station (8,000 yen/ Hokuriku Shinkansen Hakutaka)

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POINTS TO ENJOY ZENKOJI TEMPLE

Zenkoji temple morning ceremony

If you go to Zenkoji in the morning, you have to take part in “Oasaji” that is the morning ceremony is done every morning. This ceremony is about 1 hour. A participate experience two sect events.

A visitor who wants to take part in Oasaji, needs to apply before Oasaji while 30 ~ 10 minutes. Be careful as a time to start Oasaji depending on the day at different time. Please check the official web site.

Zenkoji temple tunnel (Underground passage)

There is a temple tunnel walking at Zenkoji. This tunnel is located under the principal object of worship at a temple. This tunnel walking is called “Okaidan Meguri” that some temples have. However, Zenkoji’s tunnel is the most famous tunnel in Japan.

A visitor has to walk about 45 m in the darkroom that means a world after death. If a visitor can touch a key on the right wall, the visitor will catch a good fortune. Let’s try!

A visitor needs to get the ticket to do Okaidan Meguri.

Adult ticket500 yen
High school200 yen
Elementary to Junior high school50 yen
Under 6 years oldFree

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Zenkoji temple Takayama? Zenkoji temple Tokyo?

Actually, there are some same name temple “Zenkoji” in Japan. The most famous Zenkoji is Nagano’s Zenkoji temple. But if you are interested in other temples, it may be fun to go around.

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