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Zenko-ji is a Buddhist temple, located in Nagano, Japan. The temple was built in the 7th century. Nagano City, established in 1897, was originally a town built around the temple, that is a pilgrimage site. Zenko-ji belongs to both the Tendai and Jodo Shu schools of Buddhism The temple enshrines images of the Amida Buddha. According to legend, the image, having caused dispute between two clans, was dumped into a canal. It was later rescued by Yoshimitsu Honda. The temple was thus named "Zenko," according to the Chinese transliteration of Yoshimitsu's name. The main Buddhist image is a hidden Buddha statue ,only shown to the public once every six year.s
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