Day Tour

Zenkoji Temple Morning Service and “Sutra Copying & Mawari Goma” Experience at Head Temple Daikanjin

Zenkoji Temple is believed to house the oldest statue of Buddha ever brought to Japan, and it is often said that “you have to visit Zenkoji Temple at least once in your life.” Our day trip at Zenkoji Temple will begin at the main hall as the sun rises and the priests begin their morning duties. In a long-held tradition, the head priests of every temple within the Zenkoji compound gather in the still quiet of the dawn to recite sutras each morning of the year. With this plan, you can enjoy the beauty of this ceremony along with other traditional Buddhist experiences like Mawari Goma, a ritual during which visitors write their wishes on a wooden placard and place it in a sacred purifying flame. Then, gain the wisdom offered by Buddhist teachings when you take part in a meditative sutra copying calligraphy experience. Come try these rare activities at one of Japan’s most sacred sites!


Zenkoji Temple Morning Service and “Sutra Copying & Mawari Goma” Experience at Head Temple Daikanjin

per person

Adults・Children same amount 4800Yen

Plan Details

Duration 2021/10/1(Fri)~2022/3/31(Thu)
Oct 1, 2021 (Thurs.) 〜 Mar 31, 2022 (Thurs.) 【Every day】
Excluded Dates None
What is included in the travel/plan price ・Zenkoji Temple Daikanjin Experience Guide
・Special Experience at Daikanjin Temple
・Sutra copying experience(Calligraphy(6 characters, 2 sheets)
・Mawari Goma Experience
・Commemorative Protection Charm from Main Temple Daikanjin
Minimum number of people for reservation 2 person/people
Minimum number of travelers 2 person/people
Maximum number of applicants 10 person/people
Tour Conductor No
Tour Time Around 2 hours 30 minutes
Reservation Deadline 7 days before the tour
Payment Method Creditcard
- Meeting Place -

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In front of Zenkoji Temple’s Niomon Gate

- Important Points -
  • 【Meeting Place & Time】
    In front of Zenkoji Temple’s Niomon Gate

    April 1~May 31    6:00 AM (Finished around 8:30)
    June 1〜September 9  5:30 AM (Finished around 8:00)
    September 10〜30   6:00 AM (Finished around 8:30)
  • The O-Kaidan Meguri experience costs \500 and can be paid for separately on the day of your tour (Cash only)
  • For those coming by car, please use Zenkoji Temple’s Parking Lots 1, 3, and 4 (Fees apply)
  • Zenkoji Temple’s Morning Service takes place as the sun rises, so tour meet-up times will differ depending on the time of the sunrise. The finishing time will also differ depending on the day, so please check with your accommodations regarding breakfast & check-out times.
  • You may be grouped with other participants for the tour.
- Other -
  • The experience below is not included in the plan price, and must be paid for on site.
    Zenkoji Temple O-Kaidan Meguri “Path to Paradise”(in the Main Hall) Cost: \500
- Cancellation Fee -

In cases where the customer cancels the contract after the contract has been completed, 1 customer will be charged a cancellation fee from their travel fee at the following rates. In cases where multiple people are participating and a portion of the customers cancel their contracts, we will charge the remaining customers a fee based on the difference according to the change in the number of people (around 1 vehicle/1 room per person) using transport and accommodation facilities.

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- Plan Provider Company -

Nagano Tourism Organization
131-4 NakagosyoOkadamachi, Nagano City
Registration of Travel Services:Governor of NaganoTravel Services Type 2 436
Certified General Travel Services Manager:Takeshi mitsui

Contact Phone Number:026-219-5274


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Plan Contents

Course details

Meet in front of Niomon Gate・・・・・Main Hall[Morning Service][O-Kaidan Meguri]・・・・・
(Morning Service 60 mins.)・・・Daikanjin【★Special Visit to Daikanjin(10mins)★Mawari Goma(10mins) ★Sutra Copying(30mins)】・・・Finish

【】Experiences at Daikanjin.


Please come to the Niomon Gate, around 400 m south of Zenkoji’s Main Hall.
Your guide will be waiting for you.

English Guide’s Explanation

A personal guide will tell you about the history of Zenkoji Temple and explain about the experiences on the tour.

Morning Service

The head priests of each temple within the Zenkoji compound attend the Morning Service in the main hall every morning of the year. In the serene quiet of the dawn, their chanting of Buddhist sutras creates an air of solemn meditation that visitors can experience.

O-Kaidan Meguri

Journey through the dark corridor that runs beneath the altar of Zenkoji’s Main Hall. If you are able to find the “Key to Paradise” along the wall while searching in the pitch black, it is said that you will be awarded a path to Amida Buddha’s Paradise in the afterlife.

Special Visit to Head Temple Daikanjin

Take part in rare experiences that are not commonly open to visitors at the Head Temple of Zenkoji’s Daikanjin.

Mawari Goma

Write your wish on a wooden placard and place it in the sacred flame, sending it to Buddha. This a rare experience that is not usually available to visitors!

Sutra Copying Experience

Receive the wisdom of Buddha through this spiritual sutra copying experience.
Copy a 6-character sutra in a calligraphic style.