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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. Make Eikando Zenrinji Temple a part of your Kyoto vacation plans using our Kyoto visit planner.
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  • One of famous autumn leaves temple. Here is special to maintain trees during year for autumn season. It’s said water is impotent for red leaves if few rain they put water to a lot of trees. There are....  more
    One of famous autumn leaves temple. Here is special to maintain trees during year for autumn season. It’s said water is impotent for red leaves if few rain they put water to a lot of trees. There are....  more »
  • A temple that stretches above you with fabulous views over the city from the observation point at the top. Autumn is a great time to visit - the temple is rightly famous for the beauty of its... 
    A temple that stretches above you with fabulous views over the city from the observation point at the top. Autumn is a great time to visit - the temple is rightly famous for the beauty of its...  more »
  • This is probably the most beautiful of all the temples in Kyoto. They will give you a plastic bag. No shoes are allowed to be worn inside. (No trash can is available at the end either, you are... 
    This is probably the most beautiful of all the temples in Kyoto. They will give you a plastic bag. No shoes are allowed to be worn inside. (No trash can is available at the end either, you are...  more »
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  • The December month is best for visit here .A colourful atmosphere nearby here. The best season of red maple was already over and around 50% of leaves had fallen down. Yet, it was still worth visiting and you can enjoy both colored maple trees and red pretty carpet on the ground. The precinct was very big and many steep stairs to go up the hill, from where you can see the panorama view of Kyoto city. Another good thing to visit here after the peak season is there are less people and more quiet and peaceful time can be expected.
  • Even though the entrance fee is 1000 yen for adults, there were still so many people visiting the Temple. The weather was not beautiful when I visited the temple but the scenery was still very beautiful and worth the ticket fee.
  • Beautiful site with impressive stairwells designed more than 400 years ago and revitalized for today. Very few photo opportunities but plenty of beautiful vistas. Goushuine available.
  • Beautiful temple and gardens. Nice views from pagoda. The entry fee is a bit steep though at 1000yen. Best autumn colors to see here
  • I visit day time. Avoid weekend. So crowded. Fee is 1000 yen per person. You may spend time around 1 hr. Recommended to visit in autumn.

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