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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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Toronto, Canada
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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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Genève
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Oakville Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed a peaceful afternoon at the Heian Shrine and Gardens, Museum of Modern Art, Philosopher's Walk and the highlight, Eikan-do Temple. Some of the best that Kyoto has to offer without the crowds and tests of endurance.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We went about 11am on a Wednesday. Very few people, less than a dozen on the site. Listening to the monks chanting was a real experience. Grounds, gardens, temples are in beautiful shape. Don't confuse this site for others in the same park area, seek it out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Eikando is a beautiful, peaceful temple at the southern end of the Philosophers Path. When we visited during cherry blossom season it was much less crowded here than many other temples we visited. The buildings here are connected by wooden corridors. The first building you enter has some lovely painted sliding doors and a really pretty rock garden. There were... More

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Vlissingen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We didn't visit all of the hundreds of temples, and so we had to be selective - whereby this one was for us the most pleasing. We visited on a morning on a weekday, it had no crowds, so it you could enjoy the serenity, the sounds and the gardens. To enter the temple you need to take your shoes... More

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Rabat, Morocco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A beautiful temple with a panoramic view over Kyoto. the only downside is that it was crowded as hell...

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