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Zuiryuji Temple is a 10-min. walk from the south side of JR Takaoka Station. This is the white stone path (called Hatcho-michi 八丁道) leading to the temple. Go in the opposite direction to reach Lord Maeda Toshinaga's grave.
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Statue of Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka. The Hatcho-michi path is also lined with numerous pine trees, cherry trees, and 54 stone lanterns. It is 870 meters long between Zuiryuji and Lord Toshinaga's gravesite
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Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka
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Temple admission is 500 yen for adults. First you see the Somon Gate which is an Important Cultural Property. 総門
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Pass through the Somon Gate and you see the Sanmon Gate flanked by two corridors. In front is a plaza of pebbles. 山門
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Belonging to the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism, the temple is dedicated to Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka. The temple has three buildings designated as National Treasures.
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Modeled after Chinese temple architecture common during the Kamkura Period, the temple layout is said to resemble the human body, with the head at the top on this map. Three temple buildings were designated as National Treasures in 1997.
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Zuiryuji's Sanmon Gate, a National Treasure. The original Sanmon Gate was built in 1645, but was lost in a fire in 1746. The present gate was built in 1820. 山門
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Sanmon Gate
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Passing through Sanmon Gate
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After passing through Sanmon Gate, you see the Butsuden Hall, another National Treasure. 仏殿
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Zuiryuji Butsuden Hall was built in 1659. The roof has lead plates. A magnificent example of Zen architecture. Takaoka, Toyama.
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Side view of Butsuden Hall
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Rear view of Butsuden Hall
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Corner view of Butsuden Hall
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Inside Butsuden Hall 仏殿
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The high, open ceiling made of wood is most impressive even to the layman.
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Ceiling of Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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On the left of the Butsuden is Zendo Hall for zazen meditation training as well as for eating and sleeping for priests. The building is an Important Cultural Property. 禅堂
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On the right of the Butsuden is the Oguri Hall which has kitchen and temple office facilities. The building is an Important Cultural Property. 大庫裏
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Corridor connecting the Sanmon Gate and Zendo Hall.
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Meditation seats inside Zendo Hall
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Meditation seats inside Zendo Hall
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Inside Zendo Hall
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Corridor from Zendo Hall to Hatto Hall
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View of Butsuden and Sanmon Gate
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Sekibyo graves where the partial remains of Lords Maeda Toshinaga and Toshiie and even Oda Nobunaga are buried. 石廟
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Hatto Hall 法堂
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Zuiryuji temple's Hatto is the temple's main worship hall built in 1657. A National Treasure. Takaoka, Toyama. 法堂
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Hatto Hall
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Hatto Hall
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Hatto Hall
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Inside Hatto Hall
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Altar inside Hatto Hall
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Hatto Hall
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Ceiling tiles with flower paintings by Kano Yasunobu in Hatto Hall
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Minor altar in Hatto Hall
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Room in Hatto Hall
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Hatto Hall, where you take off your shoes.
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Hatto Hall
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Inside the Daisado Tea Room which is to the right of the Hatto. Important Cultural Property. 大茶堂
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Inside the Daisado Tea Room 大茶堂
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Stone lantern
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Bell tower behind the corridor
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Corridor from Hatto Hall to Oguri Hall
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Corridor
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Rear of Sanmon Gate as seen from the Butsuden
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Sanmon and Butsuden
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Kitchen in Oguri Hall
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Corridor and Sanmon Gate
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Corridor connected to Sanmon Gate
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Corridor wall ornament
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Entrance to the gravesite of Lord Maeda Toshinaga, about 870 meters away from Zuiryuji. (Maeda Toshinaga Bosho 前田利長墓所)
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Path to gravesite
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Grave of Lord Maeda Toshinaga is surrounded by a moat (which we cannot cross). The mounment stands 11 meters high. The grave is one of Japan's largest for a feudal lord. 前田利長墓所
 
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