A Splendid Rural Temple

Zuisen-ji Temple

nagi town, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura


Originally established in the 11th century, Zuisen-ji is a temple located in Nagi Town, not far from the Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art. As with many temples in Japan, it is associated with the Shingon School of Buddhism that became, for all intents and purposes, one of the state religions of Japan under the feudal leader Tokugawa Ieyasu.

One of the most prized temple treasures is a twelve-paneled folding screen painting which depicts twelve different bodhisattvas (images of the Buddha) in various representations of heaven. This inspiring work dates back to the middle of the Edo era.

The architecture of the halls of the temple complex is well-preserved and maintained, highlighted by the stone and white plastered walls that surround it.


Access: Take the JR Tsuyama Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Tsuyama Station. It is about a 35-minute taxi ride from JR Tsuyama Station.


About the Area

Nagi Town is located in northern Okayama Prefecture within the Chugoku Mountains. Its mountain location has and namesake Mt. Nagi, have helped distinguish the town as a hiking destination of choice. At 1255 meters in height, it is a challenge but certainly not impossible.

There is even a chalet style cultural exchange center called Yama-no-Eki or “Mountain Station”. There you can get information on the region and interact with local people. There are regular morning markets, where you can buy fresh regional produce and handmade crafts. You can also take part in workshops where you can learn to make handicrafts yourself.

Locals and visitors alike appreciate the marvelous public facilities available in Nagi, two of which are the Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nagi Public Library. Both the museum and the library are massive modern structures which offer workshops and have lecture/conferences spaces available.

Another museum that you might consider is the Nagi Vicarya Museum, which documents the existence of an ancient mollusk that lived in the region some 16 million years ago. At that time Nagi was an ocean and mangrove environment and during fossil digging workshops you can find the evidence for yourself.

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