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Address: 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8445, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-761-0007
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best place to find inner peace

Absolutely peaceful place with beautiful gardens and ponds. Though it was quite hard to reach the temple, all was worth it. One could just spend the whole day sitting by the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Absolutely peaceful place with beautiful gardens and ponds. Though it was quite hard to reach the temple, all was worth it. One could just spend the whole day sitting by the benches admiring the beauty of the nature around and the mini waterfalls around. A great escape from central Kyoto for sure!

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I visited in the spring and this is not a hanami spot but if you're going to trek the Philosopher's Path it's a must-see spot along the way. Apparently this is the place to be in the fall and I'll trek back in November. :) It's got lovely structures and lots of stairs, but luckily there's an elevator to see... More 

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Malaysia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We didn't really manage to traverse many temples but this was my favourite zen one. Contrary to other reviews, there was barely any crowd when we got there (maybe because it wasn't fall and there is no autumn foliage to enjoy). The temple is still beautiful though and there were many scenic spots. The most memorable of this zen temple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Calm and quiet place! Beautiful zen garden and wonderful views especially in the autumn. Do not miss it!

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Aix-en-Provence, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

One of the places to see in Kyoto, with butiful zen gardens, a very long walkway and many surprising views. Diificult for a foreigner to understand the philosphy behind it, but one can glimpse the way nothing is done at random, giving a changing view every meter and every direction you look.

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Shanghai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The temple is beside our staying.It's quite and religious.Not many travellors,you can enjoy the temple in calm.If you knows the japanese culture.You will like it.Try go to the tower on the top.The view is great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Eikan-do was vivid with its natural foliage colors in late November. The entrance fee at that time of the year was 1000 yen, probably the highest compared to other temples i visited. But its really worth it if you are in Kyoto expecting to see colorful, yellow, orange and red leaves, you will find it all here! But yes, for... More 

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olten, switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I quite loved this temple, thanks again TripAdvisor for recommending it! Unlike some of the other temples we visited where it was fairly spaced apart, the structure of this one was more close together, in a really cute way. It was also so zen that we actually sat down to meditate next to the rock garden on a beautiful sunny... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

This Temple is a must see when in Kyoto. It is large and multi-facetted in its purpose as besides being a religious Temple the site also is headquarters for this particular sect. This Temple site comprises many buildings and has been modernized recently and includes an elevator, toilets with all the controls including heated seats and sophisticated security and surveillance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We visited the Eikan-do temple in January 2015. Few other visitors were at the side. The temple is well worth visiting, nicely restored. It is also located next to the philosopher's path and many many other temples and shrines.

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