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Eiheiji, Eiheiji-cho

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See a landmark and functional center of Soto Zen Buddhism at Eiheiji, a historic and important temple complex. Founded in 1244 CE by Eihei Dogen, a monk considered the founder of the school in the country, the complex includes a training monastery with more than 200 monks and nuns in residence. The bronze temple bell dates back to 1327, and represents one of the main things to see during a visit to the temple. Upon entry to the temple, you'll be handed a list of rules that must be adhered to at all times during the visit. See Eiheiji and all Eiheiji-cho has to offer by arranging your trip with our Eiheiji-cho vacation planner.
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  • Found out that the monastery offer one night temple stay on their website. For foreigners it is required to hire a guide from a designated organisation (check temple website for details) during the st...  more »
  • The temple grounds are extensive and require a lot of walking and stairs. A brochure is provided upon entry, available in Japanese or English. It is very explanatory but is helpful to be accompanied b...  more »
  • It is a temple with beautiful landscape. The area around the temple is nice and peaceful. The atmosphere is great.  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning temple and surroundings. Very different aesthetic style from the colorful temples in Tokyo - everything is more understated. The inside of the temple is just as beautiful. Unlike many temples popular with tourists, this one is still very functional. Monks roam the halls and you can sign up for meditation training.
  • Just beautiful, words can't really describe it. You have to come check this temple out if you're in the area. Please be respectful when you're here.
  • Must see a huge cedar tree over 700 years old. That was a heart-touching moment.
  • Stand tall to go through hundreds of wooden steps and pray to Buddha for my fatigued waste. And it really became better then.
  • Very peaceful place. Did 3 nights 4 days training and absolutely great experience!!! Can appreciate their simple yet great Vegetarian cuisine