I took a day trip to Zenkoji temple at Nagano prefecture to watch the Zenkoji Temple Maedachi Honzon Gokaicho event. The event is held once in seven years to welcome to the Main Hall the Maedachi Honzon statue. There are two articles for the trip and this article is the first part.
At the entrance of the approach to the temple.
I took a day off on Friday and visited there so that I could avoid crowds. However, I was so surprised to see there were so many visitors there. Anyway, I headed to the Zenkoji temple.
At the entrance of the precinct.
View from the rooftop of the temple gate
It is believed that if you touch the pillar, you can receive benefits. However, there were so crowds who wanted to touch it, so I just passed the pillar for the time being.
Instead, I moved to the main hall to see the Maedachi Honzon statue..
Then, I moved to Churei Tower (temple to enshrine the soul of person who fought for the loyalty).
I left the temple and had a lunch near it.
I ordered a Japanese noodle.
I returned to Zenkoji temple.
Nakamise shopping street
To be continued to the next article (the second part).