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Address: 3-3-1 Zentsujicho, Zentsuji 765-8506, Kagawa Prefecture
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An important Buddhist temple in the Japan, a place to understand the history of Buddhism in Japan.

It may not be the best sightseeing venue.The temple has a long history. It was established by a monk over a thousand years ago. He went to China to learn Buddhist teaching and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

It may not be the best sightseeing venue.The temple has a long history. It was established by a monk over a thousand years ago. He went to China to learn Buddhist teaching and bought it back to Japan. As such, the temple tells the history of Buddhism in Japan.

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Ely, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Anyone visiting Japan will see many temples and they can blur into one but Zentsu-ji will stand out in your memory. It is number 75 of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage on Shikoku and probably the most important as it is the birthplace of Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon (True Word) sect of Japanese Buddhism in Japan. It consists... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We came to Zentsuji specifically to do the underground tunnel ("kaidan meguri."). It was spooky but thrilling. The four of us made a train with our hands on each others' shoulders, left hands touching the wall; and it seemed to take forever to walk through the pitch-black tunnel. The walls twist and turn, and just when you feel that you... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

I wouldn't rank this as my most favourite sight on Shikoku but as Japanese temples go, this one is good because it's so big. Lots of interesting things tucked away in corners and a neat pitch black passageway and shrine under the main temple building (not free). You can also stay at the adjoining accommodation for pilgrims (although my Japanese-speaking... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

This complex of temples & pagodas mark the birthplace of Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shinbone Buddhism; it is surrounded by a town and the juxtaposition of the temples & modern buildings offers some interesting photo opportunities.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

Great temple, wonderful treasury museum and the pagoda is great. We enjoyed the full experience, the treasury had a great exhibition, amazing display from different century's. Peaceful and tranquil.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

Zentsu-ji is in a tiny town with no tourist information center that we could find. We got a map from the JR clerk but it was only in Japanese. Directions: go out the station door and keep walking straight till you see the pagoda. On this particular Sunday, the tidy little town of Zentsui-ji was utterly deserted. We walked and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

If you're looking to see temples off the beaten path. Can get quite crowded during the Spring and Autumn with visiting pilgrims, but still a great place to see and visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

This is just down the road from Kompirasan and it would be a shame if you miss it. It is a large parklands with Temples and shrines inspired by the Buddhist scholar, Koukai, who was commissioned by the Emperor in the 6th century to visit China and bring back Buddhist knowledge. It is very popular with locals. So children and... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

It's just a must-visit location in this area, as the birth place (?) of Kukai, a famous Buddhist monk.

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