About ZenkojiTakayama

Takayama Zenkoji is a Jodoshu school of Buddhist temple. Anyone (regardless of any nationality, religion, or gender) can enter and pray.

This temple is a branch temple of Shinshu-Zenkoji in Nagano, and is sacred to Amida(Zenkoji) Nyorai. There are about 400 temples that have Zenkoji Nyorai inside, but only about 100 temples are formally allowed to have the name ‘Zenkoji’. Among these Zenkoji temples, as few as 20 temples were officially recognized as branch temples by Shinshu-Zenkoji. In Gifu, Takayama Zenkoji is the only temple of the kind. Just like Shinshu-Zenkoji, it has Kaidan-meguri(Tour in the pitch dark tunnel)in the basement of the main hall.

This temple offers places to stay for anyone visiting from far away. Now that Takayama became a popular spot for tourists overseas, 95% of visitors are from foreign countries. Besides private rooms, there is a shared kitchen and guests can use it for free.

高山善光寺

About room plans

Room “Flower” (For 1 to 3 people)
Room “Snow” (For 1 to 5 people)
Room “Wind” (For 1 to 9 people)

宿坊

What you can see in Zenkoji temple

This temple is a branch temple of Shinshu-Zenkoji in Nagano, and is sacred to Amida(Zenkoji) Nyorai.

There are about 400 temples that have Zenkoji Nyorai inside, but only about 100 temples are formally allowed to have the name Zenkoji. Among these Zenkoji temples, as few as 20 temples were officially recognized as branch temples by Shinshu-Zenkoji.

In Gifu, Takayama Zenkoji is the only temple of the kind. Just like Shinshu-Zenkoji, it has Kaidan-meguri(Tour in the pitch dark tunnel)in the basement of the main hall.

御本尊様

The principal image(Amida Nyorai) in the main hall

徳本上人揮毫

The writing of Tokuhon-shonin

庭園

Japanese garden

戦没者追悼碑

War memorial

弘法大師堂

Koubou Daishi Dou

ご戒壇巡り

Kaidan-meguri(Tour in the pitch dark tunnel)

Special Experience

YOGA-MEDITATION

Yoga helps you relax your mind and body. You can try doing yoga at the main hall of the temple. It only takes place a few times a month. Please ask us for the availability to sign up for this special experience. You don’t need to prepare anything to join. Beginners are welcome!

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SHAKYO

Shakyo, or sutra copying(transcription of words by Buddha) is to pray for fulfilment of your greatest wish and also to attain mental well-being by mindfully tracing the sacred scriptures. You can try writing for as long as you would like, and it also helps you improve your concentration.

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Zen Meditation

We can take you to a zen temple nearby and you can try Za-Zen meditation(sitting meditation) with a monk. Zen meditation helps you improve your concentration and get rid of stress. There will be a guide with you. Beginners are welcome!

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Kimono

You can wear Japanese traditional clothes, Kimono at the temple and go out and take pictures.
Just tell us when and how long you would like to wear. It makes your stay more memorable!

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BUDDHIST SERMON EXPERIENCE

You can experience Buddhist sermon at Takayama Zenko-ji. The chief priest of Jintsu-Ji temple, Mr. Asado will be at the temple to give you a lecture about Buddhist way of viewing the world/life. It is a limited experience(held only a few times a month). Everyone is welcome, regardless of any religious backgrounds.

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Goshuin/Kaidan Meguri

Anyone can enter the main hall,pray anmd receive Goshuin.There's Kaidanmeguri right nest to the main hall,and you can going down stairs.Please let staff know when you would like to come and pray.

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信州善光寺

About Shinshu-Zenkoji

Zenkoji in Nagano is a unique temple that is open to anyone of any religion and there is no Danka-Seido(the supporter system of a Buddhist temple).

It welcomes people of any age or gender, so it became very popular. It has been friendly called ‘Zenkoji-san’. Zenkoji itself is not a religious temple, but there are Tendai sect of ‘Daikanjin’ and Jyodo sect of ‘Daihongan’ in the temple.

Monks of both Tendai sect and Jyodo sect(25 Tendai sect of buildings and 14 Jyodo sect of buildings there) stay and work there. The chief priest of Jyodo sect ‘Daihongan’ is called ‘Zenkoji-Shonin’.

Only a noblewoman is allowed to be the chief priest (thus it is called Amadera). ‘Ikkou Sanzon Amidara Nyorai’ (believed to be the oldest principal image in Japan) is enclosed.