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Buddhist Cuisine at Zenko-ji (Visit a Nagano Temple)

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6,000 JPY - 9,000 JPY

*Adults

Tour code : 0050Z

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Zenko-ji Temple
Built approximately 1,400 years ago in Nagano, Zenko-ji Temple is quite unique compared to other temples in the fact that it has never belonged to any particular sect of Buddhism. The main hall, now designated as a national treasure, is a large-scale wooden structure which features traditional elements of Japanese architecture such as shumoku-style ※1 and hiwadabuki thatched roofs ※2. One of the main attractions is the tunnel known as “Okaidan Meguri”’ which runs under the temple’s main hall. It is said that if, whilst making your way through the pitch black corridor, you can find and lay your hands on the padlock known as “the key to the Land of Happiness” you are promised a long life in this world and will enter the Land of Happiness in the afterlife.
How about trying your luck at finding the padlock and taking away your share of its lucky charm?

※1 Shumoku-style roofs are T shaped, much like the shape of a wooden bell hammer (shumoku). This style is used in temples.
※2 Hiwadabuki thatched roofs are roofs composed of cypress bark layers.

Shojin ryori
For lunch, we give you the unique opportunity to enjoy shojin ryori in an authentic shukubo. Shukubos are temple lodgings, run by the monks themselves on the temple grounds. Shojin ryori is a type of vegetarian cuisine, based on the Buddhist precepts that animal produce or ingredients※ which stimulate worldly desires shall not be used. With the continuation of the Buddhist traditional of providing pilgrims with hospitality and a place at the table, you can enjoy the delicate flavors of authentic shojin ryori at the shukubo of Zenko-ji Temple.

※ In shojin ryori, spring onion, leek, garlic etc are said to increase worldly desires and thus not consumed by monks.

Available to Book Throughout the year

Price Per Person(Adults)
6,000 JPY - 9,000 JPY
Tour Operating
Weekday
Minimum number of participants
2 Persons
Tour Start Point
Zenko-ji Fuchinobo

* Price for one Adults
(prices as seen on our booking sites. If you book through other services, the price may vary)

*What’s Included
・ Admission ticket of Zenkoji temple ( NAIJIN-KEN : included entrance to the inner chamber, underground passage and history museum※Sanmon gate is not included)
・Lunch
・Prayer ceremoney fee (Only available to those who have selected the prayer ceremoney plan)

Booking Deadline
10 days before the tour starts
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RIELA

*Please note that tour itineraries may be subject to change due to weather and road conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.

Tour Start Point
Zenko-ji Fuchinobo
How to get to the Tour Start Point
Zenko-ji Fuchinobo
〔From JR Nagano Station〕
・On foot Approx 15 mins
・Take a bus from Nagano Station to Zenko-ji daimon bus stop. (15 mins) Zenko-ji daimon bus stop to Zenko-ji Temple (On foot 5 mins)

〔From Tokyo〕〔From Kanazawa〕approx. 1 hrs by Shinkansen
〔From Nagoya〕approx. 3 hrs by Wide view shinano train
Tour Start Time
10:00am
Tour End Point
Zenko-ji Fuchinobo
Time Required
Approx 3.5hrs

Itinerary

Zenko-ji Temple without prayer ceremony
Zenko-ji Temple with prayer ceremony


Zenko-ji Temple without prayer ceremony

Day 1
10:00 Meet up at Fuchinobo Please go and pick your ticket at Fuchinobo.
(This ticket included entrance to the inner chamber, underground passage and history museum.※Sanmon gate is not included )
Free to explore Zenko-ji Temple until Lunch time
11:45 Lunch Return to Fuchinobo
Enjoy traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine (shojin ryori) at Fuchinobo
After lunch, free to go anywhere you like.



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Zenko-ji Temple with prayer ceremony

Day 1
10:00 Meet up at Fuchinobo Please go and pick your ticket at Fuchinobo.
(This ticket included entrance to the inner chamber, underground passage and history museum.※Sanmon gate is not included)
※The staff from Fuchinobo will take you to the place for prayer ceremony
11:45 Prayer Ceremony You will be experienced prayer ceremony.
After prayer ceremony, free to explore Zenkoji- Temple.
12:30 Lunch Return to Fuchinobo Enjoy traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine (shojin ryori) at Fuchinobo
After lunch, free to go anywhere you like.



※Please make sure to read 【terms & policies】.
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Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

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