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“Not worth the trip from town”
Review of Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Compared to its more famous counterpart at Nagano, also called Zenkoji, this quiet temple has nothing much to offer visitors who don't understand Japanese. For 500Y, you can enter the inner prayer hall and go on a self-guided tour with a voice recording explaining everything in Japanese. We saw people standing on marked footprints on the floor and clapping – the echo presumably bounces off the ceiling, which is adorned with the faded painting of a dragon. Not worth the trip from Kofu town, in my opinion.

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Reviewed 21 November 2016

OK Japan is stuffed full of temples and I wouldn't pretend this is the best, however it is worth a trip from town if you fancy a nice hour wind down and relax as you take in the architecture and the lovely surrounding gardens and setting. The views to the mountains beyond make this quite the urban retreat. If in a more rural area this would get three stars but given its situation in urban Kofu and the lack of similar in the area it gets a bonus one.

The 16th century main building exudes ancient character, with Hello Kitty in the entrance only highlighting the fact that you must be in 21st century Japan. For a small fee you can take in the echoing main hall and the very dark maze at the heart of the building - entry into it is suppose to make you reborn.

A great little side trip if you like the traditional.

1  Thank KMH06
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Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

A beautifully preserve Buddhist temple dated 1556. There is no fee to view the temple.
The grounds are very beautiful with a lovely fish pond. If you stand in the center of the main hall you can clap an here the echo. Look for the footprints on the wooden floor.
Make sure to take off your shoes prior to entering the temple. There is a large box with sleepers to use while visiting the temple inside.

Thank Acoaco5
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Reviewed 5 May 2015

Lovely temple, with so many interesting features--the "roaring dragon" overhead, the dark passage to the fateful lock, and a feeling of ancientness. Beautiful grounds and many smaller structures, shrines, and monuments well worth wandering through. The friendly folks at the lobby entrance have an English language guidebook for the temple that can be borrowed during ones visit, for those of us not fortunate enough to read Japanese.

1  Thank ArlettaC
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

The name of this temple is called "Kaizenkouji". It is a very beautiful place. There is a "Nakiryuu. That this is very strange breaks out. Please actually carry out and strike a hand. You will surely be surprised.

Thank Yamanashiken
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