"It will be fun to stroll along the Omote-Sando, the front approach to Zenko-ji Temple. You can savor the aroma of steaming hot dishes and buns wafting from both sides of the street. The latter is Nagano's specialty, ""Oyaki"" steamed buns, which have various ingredients inside, such as pickled nozawana, or sweet bean past. Oyaki is delicious and very filling. Ask their recommended flavors and try some at the shops. You can also find a famous shop for the popular Japanese condiment, shichimi togarashi (a ground mixture of red pepper and aromatic spices).

On the back street behind the Omote-Sando you can find Tokugyobo, which offers a special program of experiencing Japanese culture. The 6-hour comprehensive program includes a tea ceremony, zen meditation, kimono wearing and Buddhist vegetarian shojin cuisine for 12,500 yen. The head priest of Tokugyobo, wishing foreign people to better understand the Japanese spirit, started this well-reputed program conducted in English, Chinese, and Korean. To participate, you have to make a reservation by one day in advance by e-mail ( Since Tokugyobo is originally a shukubo, lodging facility for pilgrims, you can of course stay there ? for 9,450 yen per night, including experiencing a religious service early in the morning at Zenkoj-ii Temple. Please inquire for further information."



25 min on foot from JR Nagano Sta.


491, Motoyoshi cho, Nagano city, Nagano





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