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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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new york city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Beautiful gardens& not crowded. Easy to find in Higashiyama, by bus, subway or on foot. I suggest travelers avoid the most popular and reviewed temples and focus on the quieter ones, like shisen -do, honen-in or Eikando .

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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This is a wonderful temple to visit, but nowhere near the best. I can only guess that the folks that rate this one so highly are unwilling to step out a bit farther afield. Try the gold or silver temples (google them up, buy a bus pass, and go!).

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I really loved this temple. In particular, the garden was amazing with the leaves just starting to turn colour in early autumn. I was personally really disappointed with the 'city view' from the pagoda and would recommend skipping this - it definitely wasn't worth the very steep staircase for someone not too keen on heights.

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Frankston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Read some great reports on Zenrinji Eikan do in many other Japanese temple articles where it rates extremely highly. For some reason it doesnt even list in the Kyoto download which is very surprising. Zenrinji is magnificent..its gardens and ponds are without peer...it should be on the top of the list for anyone touring temples in Japan. For photographers the... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The temple complex of Zenrinji is large, several buildings situated around a pond. While the Tahoto tower is built at the highest point on the temple ground and could be regarded as the highlight (the views of Kyoto from there are spectacular), for me, the true highlight was the opportunity to wander through several of the temple buildings, which are... More

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bowral,, nsw, australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

well worth spending time here, one of the best. walk or ride along the philosophers walk nearby, it's lovely

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This was a nice surprised at the end of the philosopher's walk. The best temple I've seen in Japan so far. Very peaceful, wonderful view of the city from the pagoda and lots to see in the grounds, not just a garden/temple, more interesting and well worth a visit.

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Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

One of the temples on Philosopher's path. Old, beautiful. Painted sliding doors. Do not miss seeing it all. There are three floors and you might witness ceremonies. This an active temple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Extremely beautiful temple complex, consisting of several interconnected temple buildings (very nicely preserved) often providing access or views to interior tatami rooms, some with religious artifacts; others with the traditional guilded paper wall drawings (some a bit dilapitated). The grounds also include access to a two-story pagoda (up 4 flights of stairs), with the added reward of a nice view... More

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Perhaps one of the more beautiful sites I've visited save for the fact that it wasn't crowded when I went. The grounds are littered with beautiful gardens, ponds, streams and little waterfalls. Don't miss the Taho-to Pagoda atop the hill for a panoramic view of Kyoto. It's a bit of a hike up a couple of flights of stairs but... More

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