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Zenshoji - Impressive Zen Temple

A memorable historic site near Gero Onsen

Five minutes by car from Gero Onsen, or one stop by train, is Zenshoji, a Zen temple noted to be the most beautiful of the Hida area. It is famous for its garden which was created by Sowa Kanamori, founder of the Sowa school of tea ceremony. And, for a painting, the 'Happo Nirami Daruma', by the artist, Sesshu. The origin of Zenshoji dates back to a hermitage built by Priest Genshin during the Heian Period. When visiting, do not miss the 1,200 year old cedar tree, which is designated as a National Natural Monument.

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