Lake Chuzenjiko viewed from Chuzenji Temple

Chuzenji Temple (中禅寺, Chūzenji) stands on the eastern bank of Lake Chuzenjiko, which was named after the temple. Chuzenji's main object of worship is a six meter tall statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The statue is unique for being carved out of a tree which is still rooted into the ground today.

The second story of the temple complex houses a rare assembly of all five Buddhist Deva Kings (Myo-o). The hall's ceiling spots a giant painting of a white dragon by the same artist who painted the "Crying Dragon" at Toshogu Shrine. The ceiling of the inner chamber is coffered and decorated with paintings of over a hundred flower varieties found around Nikko. From the veranda, visitors can enjoy beautiful views over Lake Chuzenjiko.


Chuzenji Temple is a 20 minute walk from the Chuzenjiko Onsen bus terminal. From mid April to late November, the buses to Mount Hangetsuyama stop at the temple along the way. Get off at the Tachiki Kannon bus stop (立木観音) just outside the temple grounds.

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Hours & Fees


8:00 to 17:00 (April to October)
8:00 to 16:00 (March and November)
8:30 to 15:30 (December to February)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing


No closing days


500 yen

Hotels around Nikko

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Chuzenjiko Kanaya Hotel
Upscale mountain lodge style hotel in rustic log cabin buildings set in the forest.
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Nikko Kanaya Hotel
This historic hotel was one of the first Western style hotels in Japan. It is conveniently located across the street from the temples and shrines of Nikko.
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Turtle Inn Nikko
Inexpensive inn popular among foreign tourists, conveniently located 15 minutes walk from Nikko's temples and shrines.
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Page last updated: January 12, 2016