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Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Kyoto

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Eikando Zenrinji Temple provides a contemplative natural environment for the worshippers, monks, and tourists who pay visits to meditate and offer daily prayers. This Buddhist temple of the Jodu-shu sect dates back to the turn of the 10th century and has been gradually built and rebuilt over the centuries. Climb the temple's tower to appreciate the best views of landscaped raked-sand gardens and Japanese maple trees. Don't miss the famous Amida Buddha statue, which allegedly looked over its shoulder at a slow-moving monk during a ritual in 1082 and stayed in that position ever since. Put Eikando Zenrinji Temple into our Kyoto trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Very beautiful temple, easily accessible. Great spot for pictures. Very nice place for strolling and quiet contemplation!  more »
  • not the most beautiful of the very many temples of kyoto but very nice and not too crowded, just
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  • Eikando remains off the radar for tour operators and main guidebooks (which mention it but do not strongly recommend it). Yet it has a richer architecture that any other temple complex in the area, ha...  more »