Zenshoji - Impressive Zen Temple

A memorable historic site near Gero Onsen

By Sandra Isaka    - 1 min read

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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Sandra Isaka

Sandra Isaka @sandra.isaka

As an intercultural consultant & Japan travel specialist with 20+ years in Japan, I love sharing my favorite places with others.