Anraku-ji is a Zen temple founded in the late 13th century near Bessho Spa. In the temple grounds is an octagonal three-storied pagoda, the only one of its kind left in Japan, designated a National Treasure. The pagoda has eaves known as mokoshi ("lean-to") on the first floor, making it appear to have four stories. It is modeled on an architectural style prevalent in China during the Sung dynasty. Other buildings include the Main Hall and Denpo-do. The Denpo-do is a hall that enshrines two prominent priests. depicted in seated statues -- Isen Osho and Enin Osho -- and both have been designated Important Cultural Properties.
Address: 2361 Bessho-onsen, Ueda-shi, Nagano
Admission Fee: Octagonal three-story pagoda: 300 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Rail]JR Ueda Stn./ Ueda Kotsu Bessho Line /30-min. ride/Bessho-onsen Stn./10-min. walk