Located in the small town of Takaoka, Zuiryuji Temple is a registered National Treasure. Completed in 1659 in dedication to Maeda Toshinaga, the temple belongs to the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition with a layout and design typical of Soto Zen monasteries.
Several buildings and gates make-up the beautiful temple complex including two main halls – the Butsuden housing a statue of the historical Buddha and the Hatto (Lecture) Hall. The overall design of the temple is influenced by Chinese architectural styles that were dominant during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333), when Zen Buddhism established itself in Japan.
The complex also includes mausoleums and shrines dedicated to member of the former-rulers of Toyama, the Maeda and Oda families and is around 20-minutes walk from the Takaoka Great Buddha.