Zenko-ji Kaido Route – Japanese / English Translation
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About the Author
The original text is written by Shigeki Tamura, a climbing guide and practitioner of “Shugendo“, which is a form of devout mountain worship comprising of Shintoism, Buddhism, and traditional folk lore.
Shigeki is, along with others, an enthusiast and specialist of Nagano City’s Zenko-ji Buddhist Temple and its storied history.
In his article, he relates the history of the temple through several more or less intricate aspects of the Buddhist religion. But the core of his text is centered around the Zenko-ji Kaido Route, a historical road taken by the successive lords of Matsumoto Castle to the famed Buddhist temple in Nagano City. This road still exists today and can be freely traveled. To learn more, follow the link below.
Presentation of the article
The original article in Japanese can be viewed on the YamaHack website (Japan Mountaineering Web Media). Read the original article via the link below.
Our translated article in English is available on the Matsumoto-Experience website (Local Tours & Activities Booking Web Page). Read the translated article via the link below.
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