Our 3rd stop in Nagano was the Zenkoji Temple. After you’ve seen 10…20…30…300 shrines or temples in Japan, you feel like you’ve had your fill for a lifetime. Thankfully, visiting the Zenkoji Temple was different! Zenkoji is a Buddhist temple and was originally founded in the 7th century. The main hall was built in the 18th century and is a National Treasure in Japan.
The first thing you see is the Niomon Gate.
The temple guardians are housed in the base of the gate.
After you walk through the Niomon Gate, the street is lined with shops selling traditional items…
The pace of life in Nagano is definitely more relaxed compared to Tokyo. It is much easier to take photos when people are not so rushed or getting in your way (or maybe I am the one in their way?)!
The Sanmon gate is the 2nd gate you must walk through to get to the main temple.
The gold sign in the middle of the gate reads “Zenkoji”.
After walking through the 2nd gate, you can finally see the main hall.
Incense burners can be found in front of all temples. People will rub the incense smoke on their body for good health and fortune. It is believed that if you have an ailment on a particular part of your body, you can rub the smoke on the specific location and the ailment will be cured. Maybe I can bottle up some of the incense and bring it back to everyone as a gift? 🙂
This photo was taken while standing on the steps of the main hall and looking back at the Sanmon Gate…
More to come…!!