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
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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Temporary closure:Currently closed (information as of May 22, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Momijis Heaven
    4.0 Reviewed:2021.11.28
    This shrine is particularly very popular during the momijis season in fall. The colors are so bright, the garden,the pond, little waterfall... beautiful setting.
  • Amazing!
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.03.22
    A must do along the Philosophers Path - which only takes about 1 hour to walk, from the Silver Pavilion to Zenso-ji - this includes stopping at all 4 temples.
  • Idyllic setting
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.03.20
    This is my favourite temple in Kyoto. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and not too overcrowded. The setting is so peaceful and idyllic, I think I could have relaxed there all day.

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