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Zenrinji-temple, Eikan-do

48 Eikandocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8445, Japan
+81 75-761-0007
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Just beautiful - my favourite - even in the pouring rain! Incredible staircase and early Fall colours in the garden in early September!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This was my favorite Temple in Japan! I adore autumn foliage, which is why I chose to visit this spot. It's a very special place. Unlike the other temples I visited, this 1 was practically empty. The grounds are pristine and the shrines are open (not covered by bars).

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Tokyo, Japan
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

if you want to go the extra mile in buddhism knowledge, u need to see this temple with a unique statue, and the story behind. it's also at the end or beginning of the philosopher path, making the visit a good opportunity to see more sights of interests around.

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Palatine, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at the temple from the Philosophers walk. Upon entering we were asked to take our shoes off and to not take photos. The temple was great. It had some great art and the altars were beautiful. The buildings were architecturally pleasing. I was able to relax and just enjoy the buildings. There is a garden surrounding but we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Traveling with a family, we had six in our group. Many if the temples and shrines charge an admission fee that can be prohibitive. This kept us from actually going inside. If you visit six or eight sites it adds up real quick. Most guide sites and books don't list the admission fees.

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Toronto, Canada
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We saw about 10-12 major venues, and this was our favourite temple in Kyoto. Simply the best structure, beautifully integrated into the grounds and the hillside. Not crowded relative to the rest of the top Kyoto’s temples/shrines. Unlike several other major venues (ie Kiyomizu and Chion-in), there was no construction here marring the views of the temple, or the vista.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Ok ok, it's not a world heritage. But believe me, it is amazing. The temple is very peaceful and there are not many visitors (at least when I was there). The inside is integrated with the nature and the altar is open (there's no gate) so you can see everything clearly. I would say that it is a must see... More

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Speers Point, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Thirty years ago, as a much younger man, I visited Kyoto and found all temples the same. Advancing years now provides me with the wisdom that highlights the differences. Eikan-do is another wonder on the Path of Philosophy that shouldn't be missed. Pluses: Easily accessible via #5 Bus from Kyoto Station, shoes off and the novelty of temple viewing in... More

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Ridgefield, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 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... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 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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