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岐阜 禅昌寺 Gifu Zensyo-ji Zenshoji Temple

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Zenshoji is an old temple of the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect. It originates in a hermitage built by Priest Genshin, who wrote “Ojo Yoshu (Essentials of Salvation)” in the Heian period (794-1192). The temple is said to be the most beautiful in the Hida region, and is counted as one of the ten fine temples in the country. Its garden was designed by Kanamori Sowa, the founder of Sowa Ryu tea ceremony school. This elegant garden includes a tea ceremony house and a stroll style garden of Banzaido, where the rocks named Daruma-ishi, Zazen-ishi and Reihai-seki are beautifully arranged.

Inside the temple building, the masterpiece of Sesshu “Happo Nirami Daruma” is displayed, which is worth seeing. The precinct has a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The 1,200-year-old huge cedar tree, which is designated as a National Natural Monument, is really overwhelming. Being close to Gero Hot Springs, a lot of tourists visit this temple all through the year.

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1089 Hagiwara-cho Churo, Gero, Gifu Prefecture, Japan 509-2514
Zenshoji Temple

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