Obakushu Zozan Emyozenji Temple
A small and curious temple, Obakushu Zozan Emyozenji won’t hold your attention for long but is worth entering when passing-by, enroute and between the other attractions of Matsushiro. Extensively damaged by fire in 1875, the buildings of Obakushu Zozan Emyozenji Temple – including a main hall, mausoleum, belfry, bell tower and library – were reconstructed in 1894.
The graves of several important figures in Matsushiro’s history are found within the temple grounds, along with several unusual and photogenic statues inside the main hall.
09:00 to 17:00 (last enry at 16:30)
Approximately a 50 to 70-minute drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park
From Nagano Station, take the Alpico Bus bound for Matsushiro from Bus Stop No.3 - outside the station's Zenkoji Exit - and disembark at the Matsushiro Station Bus Stop - it takes between 30 to 35 minutes. Once in Matsushiro, the temple can be reached on foot in around 15 to 20 minutes from the bus stop. It will be easiest to first go by the Tourist Information Center to collect a map or rent a bicycle. From the bus stop tourist Information can be reached in around 5 minutes by taking either road to your left and then turning right when you reach the next road. Walk straight along that road until you see Tourist Information on your left, next to the Sanada Treasures Museum