Founded in the 7th century National Treasure Zenkō-ji is home to the revered statue Ikkō-Sanzon, said to be the first Buddhist image to...
One of Zenkō-ji's gates.
Nagano's most popular gaijin pub has Guinness on tap, decent pub food and a friendly crowd. From JR Nagano Station, take a right on...
A stone's throw from Zenkō-ji on Nakamise-dōri, unassuming Marusei serves soba and tonkatsu among others; the generous Marusei bentō ...
Legend claims there are five white doves hidden in the plaque of the San-mon gate; the five short strokes in the characters for Zenkō-ji do look remarkably dove-like. See if you can spot them too. In the upper character (善, zen) they're the two uppermost strokes; in the middle character (光, kō) they're the strokes on either side of the top; and in the 'ji' (寺) it's the short stroke on the bottom left.