The foundation of Zenkoji temple is believed to be around 1,400 years ago.
The present main hall is a majestic wooden architecture rebuilt in the Mid-Edo period (1707 A.D.), spans 24 meters wide and 54 meters long. It has a unique structure called “Shumoku Zukuri (literally, ‘wooden bell-hammer structure’)”, which illustrates the old custom of “okomori”, during which many pilgrims seclude themselves overnight to offer prayers. It was designated as a National Treasure in 1953.
Zenkoji has been known as a temple that saves people regardless of their sects. Many pilgrims from nation-wide have been paying visits since the Heian period (8th century).
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From sunrise till sunset (changes between 4:30 and 16:30 dependeing on the season).
Zenkoji Parking Lot #1 (Northwest of the precincts)：Public parking. General passenger cars only. Open 24 hours.
Passenger cars 500 yen up to 2 hours (200 yen for each additional hour), Buses and Mini buses 2,500 yen up to 2 hours (500 yen for every additional 30 minutes), Motorcycles 300 yen
Visiting free of charge, Hall entrance tickets 500 yen (applicable for entering Naijin, Okaidan Meguri, Scripture House and Zenkoji Museum)