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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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Motoyoshicho-491, Nagano, Japan
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1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake in Nagano Tour

1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake in Nagano Tour

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.97
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Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

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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$167.98
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Nagano Private Two Day Tour

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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$302.36
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Matsumoto Private One Day Tour from Nagano with Tour Guide and Private Vehicle

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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  • 8 hours
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$260.37
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2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via Matsumoto

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

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Experience the magic of Nagona’s water-bathing snow monkeys on a 2-day tour that takes you off the beaten path. As well as soaking up the scenery of Japan’s northern mountains as you’re transported in climate-controlled comfort, you’ll tick off the snow Monkeys of Jigokudani, the 1400-year old Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle, and the historic old town of Takayama.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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Nagano 5-Day Pass

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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  • 5 days
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1-Day Winter Tour From Nozawa & Iiyama: Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake

1-Day Winter Tour From Nozawa & Iiyama: Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake

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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 a locally-based 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 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Nagano Sake Tasting Walking Tour

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. - 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
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.19
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Nagano All Must-Sees Half Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

Nagano All Must-Sees Half Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

The city of Nagano is an intensely beautiful and historic part of Japan, only a stone’s throw away from the capital city of Tokyo. Nagano is a place of incredible Shinto and Buddhist history and home to one of Japan’s most iconic temple and shrine. While many of Japan’s cities lay claim to an identity of nature-meets-human-invention, that atmosphere can be felt in Nagano better than almost anywhere else in Japan. In this tour, your knowledgeable licensed local guide will accompany you on your journey features an historic districts and even ancient pilgrimages. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize your four-hours special tour that's best for you. Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
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$76.35
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Nagano All Must-Sees Full Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

Nagano All Must-Sees Full Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide

The city of Nagano is an intensely beautiful and historic part of Japan, only a stone’s throw away from the capital city of Tokyo. Nagano is a place of incredible Shinto and Buddhist history and home to one of Japan’s most iconic temple and shrine. While many of Japan’s cities lay claim to an identity of nature-meets-human-invention, that atmosphere can be felt in Nagano better than almost anywhere else in Japan. In this tour, your knowledgeable licensed local guide will accompany you on your journey features an historic districts and even ancient pilgrimages. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize your six-hours special tour that's best for you. Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.44
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Matsumoto Private One Day Tour

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.57
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Private tour of meeting snow monkeys in Nagano

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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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$553.85
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