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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 (Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea)

phone 0757610007

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

Review of Eikando Zenrinji Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/03/22 Amazing!
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.
Reviewed:2020/03/20 Idyllic setting
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.
Reviewed:2020/03/09 fantistic
amazing fall colors in my views, huge crowds waiting to view the Autumn leaves in night lightning. . .ii enjoy my visit here

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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Eikandouchou 48 [map]
Kurama / Kibune / OharaArea
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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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.