Eikando Zenrin-ji

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.

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Eikandouchou 48 map map Map
9:00-17:00(Last entry16:00)
open everyday
[Admission fee] [General] 600yen [Elementary/Middle/High school students] 400yen * Except when the autumn temple treasure exhibition is held
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Available (15spaces) * Used during the temple treasure exhibition Not available
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Supreme Autumn Leaves
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.11.24
    One of famous autumn leaves temple.Here is special to maintain trees during year for autumn season.It’s said water is impotent for red leaves if few rain they put water to a lot of trees.There are...
  • Superb views over the city and wonderful gardens, at their best in the autumn
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.11.24
    A temple that stretches above you with fabulous views over the city from the observation point at the top. Autumn is a great time to visit - the temple is rightly famous for the beauty of its...
  • Just breathtaking
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.11.20
    This is probably the most beautiful of all the temples in Kyoto. They will give you a plastic bag. No shoes are allowed to be worn inside. (No trash can is available at the end either, you are...

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