Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Nagano prefecture in Chubu district. The temple is dedicated to Amida Nyorai ( the?Amit?bha Buddha ). This temple is famous for the main hall designated as a national treasure.

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Name Zenkoji Temple
"善光寺" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 491, Motoyoshicho, Nagano-shi, Nagano, Japan
"長野県長野市元善町491" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 40-minute drive from the Nagano I.C. on the Jyoshin-Etsu Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 026-234-3591

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Komainu

Komainu (狛犬), often called lion-dogs in English, are statue pairs of lion-like creatures either guarding the entrance or the inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself, where they are not visible to the public. The first type, born during the Edo period, is called sando komainu (参道狛犬 visiting road Komainu), the second and much older type jinnai komainu (陣内狛犬 shrine inside komainu). They can sometimes be found also at Buddhist temples, nobility residences or even private homes.

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