2016年06月13日

'Zenkoji' Buddhist Temple in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, doesn't stand for any sect, where hidden Buddhist images are worshipped.

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Zenkoji, made up of 2 main temples and 39 affiliated temples, is a huge Buddhist temple. This temple features being totally independent of any sect and having accepted female worshippers since its establishment. The main Buddhist images are thought to be hidden, as they can't be seen even by the head priest, however some of them are opened to the public every 6 years. The picture shows 'Hondo' main building, designated as a national treasure, which was rebuilt in 1707. This stately building is Japan's third largest wooden structure among many old wooden buildings of national treasures. The dimensions are 29 meters high, 24 meters wide and 53 meters deep. 'Kaidan Meguri', meaning to walk through in the pitch-dark tunnel running right under the seats of main images, is worth being experienced. 'Sanmon' main gate, designated as an important cultural asset, can be entered for a small fee, and many scribblings dating back to the 18th century are found inside.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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