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Zenkoji Temple Tours

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Zenkoji Temple
In the year 642, Zenko-ji Temple was founded when one of the earliest Buddhist statues in Japan, brought over from the Korean Peninsula, was enshrined at the site. Today, the temple is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the country, as well as Japan’s third largest wooden structure, with the entire town of Nagano built up around it.

The structure as it stands today dates back to 1707 and contains a large hall displaying a variety of Buddhist statuary, a main alter and an underground passage beneath the alter where visitors can pass in complete darkness, feeling for a single key on the wall -- the key to paradise -- that’s believed to grand salvation to any who touch it.

Behind the main temple, a newer pagoda houses the Zenko-ji History Museum with its collection of statues of the Buddha and his disciples.

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Temple lodgings lining the approach to the temple make a perfect spot to spend a night for visitors who want to attend a daily sunrise service.
Address: Motoyoshicho-491, Nagano, Japan
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Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey ParkDay Trips

Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Explore the magnificent temples and natural wonders of Nagano on a full-day tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the famous Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Obuse Town, then choose a soak in the hot springs at Shibu Onsen.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in NaganoDay Trips

Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano

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See two of the top attractions near Nagano on this full-day excursion. Explore the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Enjoy a sake tasting and lunch before heading down a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys, a group of local macaques known for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Nagano Private Two Day Tour Overnight Tours

Nagano Private Two Day Tour

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Discover Nagano’s many highlights on this private 2-day tour. Save time planning transport, as a driver and private vehicle is included. You’ll have a guide to show you around on the first day, and then free time to explore on the second day. Overnight stay in a Japanese Ryokan, entrance fees to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenko-ji Temple, and a private onsen experience is included, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour.
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  • 2 days
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2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via MatsumotoOvernight Tours

2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via Matsumoto

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Situated between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous of region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less travelled by many international visitors. This tour combines some of the region’s most iconic destinations - including the world-famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani, the 1400-year old Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle, and the historic old town of Takayama - with the unforgettable experience of being driven through Japan’s Northern Alps, a place of high mountain peaks and rarefied beauty. With English-speaking guide, lunch, and full-service accommodation on Day 1 followed by hotel pick-up and transport to Matsumoto and Takayama, including hotel drop-off, on Day 2, this tour captures the history and beauty of central Japan with the convenience and comfort of one easy package.
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Matsumoto Private One Day Tour from Nagano with Tour Guide and Private VehicleFull-day Tours

Matsumoto Private One Day Tour from Nagano with Tour Guide and Private Vehicle

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Explore Matsumoto at your own pace and to your own interests on this full-day private guided tour from Nagano. Visit Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's best-preserved castles, then explore surrounding streets, including quirky "Frog Street," known for its abundance of frog products. Afterward, visit tranquil Hotaka Town, home to Japan’s largest wasabi farm where you can try wasabi ice-cream and visit nearby Hotaka Shrine.
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Matsumoto Private One Day Tour Day Trips

Matsumoto Private One Day Tour

This action-packed private day tour to Matsumoto combines a visit to the historic Matsumoto Castle, the foodie experience of going to one of Japan’s biggest wasabi farms, and Hotaka Shrine too. Going on a guided tour saves time navigating and uncovers hidden gems you might not discover alone such as the quirky “Frog Street” which is known for its abundance of frog products.
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  • 8 hours
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Nagano 5-Day PassMulti-day Tours

Nagano 5-Day Pass

Nagano 5-Day Pass is a ticket that allows you to fully enjoy the trains in the surrounding area including Nagano, Shinano, Ueda, Matsumoto. Nagano Prefecture is located in the central part of Honshu, Japan, and is called the roof of Japan. Take a trip to Nagano, one of Japan's most precious spas and treasures of history and culture. You can also observe wild monkeys enjoying hot springs in Jikkudaniya Enkoen during the winter season. ----------------------- Coverage Area: ----------------------- [[Shinano Electric Railway (しなの鉄道)]] -- Karizawa Station (軽井沢駅) - Shino noi Station (篠ノ井駅) -- Nagano Station (長野駅) to Myogogo Kogen Station (妙高高原駅) [[Nagano Electric Railway (長野電鉄)]] -- Nagano Station (長野駅) - Yudanagawa Station (湯田中駅) -- Ueda Electric Railway (上田電鉄) [[Ueda Station (上田駅) - Bessho Onsen Station (別所温泉駅)]] -- Matsumoto Station (松本駅) - Shinshigashima Station (新島々駅)
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Private tour of meeting snow monkeys in Nagano Full-day Tours

Private tour of meeting snow monkeys in Nagano

You can seeing Snow monkey as you want with a local professional & friendly guide. Since this is a customized private tour, you can choose the tour time and the sights you visit. You will have great time and great food. Hotel meet up is included to ensure you receive a stress-free experience. If you are not sure where you wanna go, follow the sample itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Nagano Sake Tasting Walking TourFull-day Tours

Nagano Sake Tasting Walking Tour

Come to Nagano and join this experience to taste one of the best Sake in Japan. The sake maker w’ll explore has over 300 years history and you will taste the differences between sakes of the highest quality, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and many other seasonable sakes. 2020 Cherry blossom Forecast in Nagano. Now forecast says full bloom in Nagano city is 14/April/2020. If you wanna see beautiful cherry blossom with this experience, please book between 8th and 14th of April. - Taste the best Nagano’s sakes with nibbles like soy source beans and some Japanese pickles. Also you can have Nagano’s miso soup - Admission free to visit old sake factory - Explore Nagano’s laid back area around Zenkoji temple to visit some local shops - Learn and practice authentic Japanese eating style and discover other parts of - Connect with local business owners to learn the history and local culture.
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  • 3 hours
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Live Online Walking Tour in Nagano CityPhotography Tours

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Live Online Walking Tour in Nagano City

* THIS IS AN ONLINE EXPERIENCE by using Zoom * Enjoy watching live online tour in Nagano city. ■ This online experience is recommended for people who is - Planning to visit to Nagano city and Japan near future - Willing to know about Japan but don't really like to travel, prefer to watch live at home - Having difficulties to go out - Willing to know Japanese real local culture & people ■ In this tour We go to Zenkoji Temple We explore Nagano's back street area, where is not on your guide book and you see 1400 years history of the town. We can see a traditional Japanese Houses, like sunken hearth for making Oyaki (Japanese Stuffed Dumplings) ** Please note that the route could be changed by weather and seasons **
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Snow Monkey and Zenko-ji Winter Tour From Nozawa/IiyamaDay Trips

Snow Monkey and Zenko-ji Winter Tour From Nozawa/Iiyama

Take in some of the highlights of Nagano with this engaging tour starting with a morning visit to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and its world-famous hot spring-bathing monkeys, followed by a warming winter lunch and afternoon exploration of Zenko-ji -one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan. Led by an English-speaking guide and including a sake tasting experience to bring the tour to an indulgent conclusion this tour is a great way to enjoy the best of Nagano in winter!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Zenkoji Temple hours of operation: Vary. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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