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Established in the 8th century and one of the Konan Sanzan Trio of Tendai Buddhist National Treasure temples in Konan, Zensuiji's main Hondo Hall is a National Treasure. It is on the slope of Mt. Iwane.From JR Kosei Station on the JR Kusatsu Line, catch a bus and get off at Iwane 岩根. From there, you still have to walk a bit, follow the signs (if you can read Japanese). This road leads to one entrance to Zensuiji.
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Path up the mountain slope to Zensuiji.
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Sign points the way to Zensuiji.
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After a wooded path, you will see this.
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This is in early April.
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If you go by car, this is the large parking lot you will see.
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Zensuiji stone marker.
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Entrance to Zensuiji. Admission 500 yen charged. MAP
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Temple bell on the left. Public is welcome to ring the bell during New Year's Eve.
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And there it is, the National Treasure. Zensuiji's Hondo Hall. Zensuiji worships Yakushi Nyorai (the buddha of healing and medicine).
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Some hillside construction work.
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Zensuiji Hondo Hall in Konan, Shiga. National Treasure.
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Very graceful roof lines.
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Front view of Zensuiji Hondo Hall. National Treasure. The building design is very similar to Kongorinji temple.
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Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside. There is also a priest guide inside the Hondo Hall to give you a tour and explanation of the temple in Japanese.
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Temple garden before the cherries reached full bloom.
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Zensuiji temple, National Treasure.
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Also visited Zensuiji in autumn. Thought it was more colorful than in spring.
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Red maples greet you as you approach Zensuiji's main hall.
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Zensuiji temple in autumn.
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Red maples framing Zensuiji temple in autumn.
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Autumn leaves accent Zensuiji very nicely in autumn.
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Wall
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Azalea bushes
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Zensui natural spring water. Donate small change to get a bottle to fill up with this healing water.
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One spring from which the temple got its name. Zensuiji means Righteous Water Temple.
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One spring from which the temple got its name.
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Bell
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Another spring from which the temple got its name.
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About Zensuiji in Japanese.
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