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Eikando Zenrin-ji永観堂 禅林寺


The head temple of Nishiyama Zenrinji Pure Land Sect of Buddhism, located in Eikando Town, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple was erected by Shinsho, a disciple of the famed priest Kukai, in 853 to serve as a Pure Land Sect dojo. Thereafter, a man named Eikan joined the priesthood and began engaging in philanthropic works while spreading Pure Land Buddhism and encouraging people to pray to Amitabha. Accordingly, the name “Eikando” is derived from his name. The temple is famous for its standing figure of Amitabha, which is looking back over its shoulder. An exhibit of the temple’s treasure house is held in November. The temple has also been famous for its autumn foliage since ancient times.


Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Eikandouchou 48

phone 0757610007

9:00-17:00(Last entry16:00)

Review of Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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Reviewed:2018/12/02 Autumn colours at their best
Many people make a point to visit Kyoto at the end of November in order to catch a glimpse of the stunning colours appearing when the leaves change. It is particularly those of the Japanese maple and...
Reviewed:2018/11/30 Spectacular Red leaves
This is my first time to view red leaves in Kyoto. I have searched on the internet that everyone recommends this place. I visited this temple on 23 November and found that this is the best one among...
Reviewed:2018/11/27 One of the best
We saw many temples and gardens during our stay in Japan but in our view this was one of the best. There are two very opulent immensely impressive temples to view. The gardens when we visited mid...

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9:00-17:00(Last entry16:00)
open everyday
[General] 600 yen
[small, middle and high school students] 400 yen
※ excluding the time of the autumn temple treasure exhibition
Parking Lot
Available 15spaces
※ Not available at the time of autumn temple treasure exhibition holding
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Not available

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