Eiheiji, Eiheiji-cho

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. Plan your visit to Eiheiji and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Eiheiji-cho day trip tool .
Create an itinerary including Eiheiji
map
Eiheiji Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
455 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • October 3, 2017
     We finally visited wanted to go once. With temples and shrines with sufficient size and style here goes to one of the shrines and temples representing the Ise Jingu Shrine, todaiji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, Japan was impressed all over again. Originally is the head temple of Soto Zen training. So there were many young monks, are the same as kencho-JI in Kamakura.  But even the stately proportions and the thought on here. Each passage and the onto almost all routes in the Hall way. Garden buildings is also good is all over the place is stunning. Staircase corridor connecting between them because there is lot of temples along the slopes of the mountains making seems to be Zen simple will be impressed with the design and stunning. I'd always feel in the Temple of the Zen sect, are always impressed the youthful Verve.
    View original
  • September 24, 2017
    Eiheiji Temple because I got close to the sect to went. It is a space has been polished thoroughly, so very good air flow. I think there just relaxing so next time you want to have slowly. Staying at there new shukubo was under construction, so it is good to pray.
    View original
  • September 23, 2017
    Temple is also fabulous, impressive. Monks too, such as lots of weeding work, is a Zen Temple's look. But unfortunately, you are free to act, only Hall and corridors connecting it to. Really too bad that can't see by frequent belfry in pleasing watching from outside the garden, watching the gate.
    View original
Google
  • March 25, 2017
    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.
  • December 2, 2016
    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.
  • April 30, 2017
    Must see a huge cedar tree over 700 years old. That was a heart-touching moment.
  • February 6, 2017
    Stand tall to go through hundreds of wooden steps and pray to Buddha for my fatigued waste. And it really became better then.
  • July 13, 2016
    Very peaceful place. Did 3 nights 4 days training and absolutely great experience!!! Can appreciate their simple yet great Vegetarian cuisine

Plan your trip to Eiheiji-cho

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Eiheiji-cho

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Fukui Prefecture by other users

27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Fukui & Shirakawa BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Fukui BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Fukui Prefecture, Kyoto & Osaka BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Fukui, Kyoto & Osaka BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Obama & Osaka BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Obama & Osaka BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Chubu BY A USER FROM THAILAND August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Japan BY A USER FROM HONG KONG September, culture, relaxing, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Fukui BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Fukui BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans