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A visit to Kofu’s most famous temple, Zenko-ji
Admire the nationally recognised cultural buildings and join in the popular ritual of “Kaidan Meguri” which locals say brings participants good luck at this famous temple!
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Kofu Station
↓Approx. 5 min by train
Approx. 8 min on foot from Zenkoji station
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Kai-Zenkoji Temple

A famous temple founded by the legendary warrior Takeda Shingen
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
  • Kai-Zenkoji Temple
Zenkoji temple was established in the 16th century by Takeda Shingen, who needed a new place to store the Buddhist treasures held within the original temple of the same name in Nagano prefecture, as he feared they would be destroyed in the heights of the battle that was raging in the area. The temple is home to a number of buildings and cultural treasures that are officially recognized as important cultural properties, and the main hall is the largest wooden structure in Eastern Japan.

The main altar area features a giant two-headed dragon on the ceiling; it is said you can hear it weep by standing in a special acoustic spot, indicated by footstep prints on the floor, and clapping your hands as hard as you can.

Going further back into the main hall will take you to a corridor where one can experience "Kaidan Meguri": visitors descend into a basement and walk through a pitch dark underground passage, shaped in the character of 心 (kokoro; "heart"/"spirit"), in search of the "key to paradise", a padlock guarding the room with the temple's main object of worship that is believed to grant salvation and wishes to anybody who touches it.
This sacred Buddhist image is revealed to the public every 7 years during an event known as "Gokaicho", and attracts many worshippers seeking to touch the statue. Next Gokaicho festival: April 3rd to May 29th, 2022.
Approx. 20 min on foot
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Kaiterasu

Shopping centre with a wide range of local products available!
  • Kaiterasu
  • Kaiterasu
  • Kaiterasu
Kaiterasu is a local industry showcase introducing visitors to a wide range of local products including jewellery, wine and traditional crafts. The on-site restaurant offers a variety of menu options including local specialties and international cuisine.
Approx. 10 min on foot
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Toko-ji Temple

A temple with a beautiful Japanese rock garden
  • Toko-ji Temple
  • Toko-ji Temple
  • Toko-ji Temple
  • Toko-ji Temple
  • Toko-ji Temple
  • Toko-ji Temple
  • Toko-ji Temple
  • Toko-ji Temple
  • Toko-ji Temple
Toko-ji Temple is said to have been founded about 500 years ago. The main building is nationally recognised as an important cultural property. The famous Japanese rock garden is particularly beautiful when the peonies and hydrangeas are in bloom.
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