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“Lovely Temple in a very peaceful setting”

Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Ranked #7 of 1,134 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 July 2014

In 853 AD the priest Shinjo built a training hall for the practice of Shingon Buddhism.. Ten years later a temple was built there. Later, the abbott Yokan or Eikan became the chief priest. He made great efforts to save the poor and received much respect from the people. The Temple at that time invoked the Nembutsu where you place all of your trust in Amida( Buddah) with a pure heart. During the Muromachi period Kyoto was burned and many years were spent in the temples' reconstruction. Then came the Meji period where there was a large anti Buddhism movement The current Temple has fully been reconstructed and and is the main Jodo Sect Headquarters Zenrinji Branch. In the two story pagoda Taho and Shaka Nyorai are enshrined and it offers great views of Kyoto. Priest Shinjo had 5 statues of the Buddha but 4 of them were ruined in the fire. Today, one is displayed and called Fire Protector Amida. The Temple is connected by wooden walkways to all of the buildings. The area surrounding has a pond, a small waterfall, the Amida statue and borders on a school.. The walk around the gardens is very pleasant and serene. We happened upon this shrine at the end of the Philosopher's walk and it was well worth visiting.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

The temple is very big, in the middle of the trees. You have to take off shoes and go on the wood for a very long walk, which gives you a very nice impression. The temples are very nice and suit perfectly in the nature around.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed a peaceful afternoon at the Heian Shrine and Gardens, Museum of Modern Art, Philosopher's Walk and the highlight, Eikan-do Temple. Some of the best that Kyoto has to offer without the crowds and tests of endurance.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We went about 11am on a Wednesday. Very few people, less than a dozen on the site.

Listening to the monks chanting was a real experience. Grounds, gardens, temples are in beautiful shape.

Don't confuse this site for others in the same park area, seek it out.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Eikando is a beautiful, peaceful temple at the southern end of the Philosophers Path. When we visited during cherry blossom season it was much less crowded here than many other temples we visited. The buildings here are connected by wooden corridors. The first building you enter has some lovely painted sliding doors and a really pretty rock garden. There were monks chanting in the largest building, and we were able to go in and sit and listen. Later, as we walked around the rest of the grounds we could still hear the chanting; it was awesome. Finally, one of the best parts of this temple is the pagoda nestled on the hill that sits high above the other buildings. From there you can see the temple grounds and the city of Kyoto.-beautiful!

Eikando is open from 0900-1700 each day. Entry is 600 yen per person (1,000 yen per person during autumn). You have to remove your shoes to walk through all the different buildings, so wear warm socks in the winter and consider using the slippers offered.

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