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Zenrinji-temple, Eikan-do

Address: 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8445, Japan
Phone Number: +81 75-761-0007
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Type: Cultural
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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Eikan-do (永觀堂), also called Zenrinji-temple (禪林寺), is located northeast of Kyoto station and about 7 km (4.35 mi) from city center. It was founded in 863 AD, and Emperor Seiwa (清和天皇) named the temple "Zenrin-ji". Zenrin-ji is the head temple of Jodo-shu Seizan Zenrin-ji sect (淨土宗西山禪林寺派). Jodo-shu (浄土宗, "The Pure Land Buddhism") is also known as Jodo Buddhism. Amida Hall... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The most beautiful place in KYoto that we visited but make sure that you should arrive at a good time that less touristy. It is more relaxing and romantic when less touristy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is a top attraction in Kyoto, and a must. During the fall the grounds reflect the beautiful autumn colors, and the garden is stunning. The temple itself is large, and you do have to walk and climb a few steps to see the Buddha looking over his left shoulder. The legendary story is enlightening, and in all our travels... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Eikando is my favorite place to enjoy autumn foliage in southern to northern Higashiyama. Following the path from Nanzenji is Eikando. A large temple complex by the hill, Eikando features temples, most beautiful gardens and ponds, Buddhist treasures, parks, pagoda, stunning scenery, and famous Amitabha Buddha turning over left shoulder statue. The gardens at Eikando is colorful in autumn, rich... More 

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La Mesa, CA.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

About 5 years ago my wife and some school friends visited this temple in the fall when the leaves were turning and found it lovely so she wanted to return when we visited Kyoto recently. The leaves are still lovely, and the garden quite nice however they have either engaged a new priest or a new director of tourist relations.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We went on a holiday and the crowds were astounding, but the colors all around the grounds were worth it. The temple itself is a maze with many sections closed off, which isn't clear from the map they provided. These were probably my favorite gardens of our whole trip. Cross the pond bridge and have tea by the lake on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Is a beautiful temple, specially in autumn. It is a little bit overprice: 1000 yens (sorry I don't have anything else to say)

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We did not have time for this in the day and only saw this in its evening autumn light up. We were there on the 8th Nov 2014, the 1st evening of its evening admission. There was already a long queue for the entrance although we got there early before it was open for evening admission. Children in elementary school... More 

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Byron Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Not sure it would be so amazing outside of autumn, but every leaf was magnificent in late November. Crowded but suitable for a mildly wet day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

One of the most amazing autumn foliage viewing in Kyoto,if not the best especially around the Hojo Pond. You can view it at night or in daytime and you won't be disappointed. I went here twice last year and this year and it never failed to amazed me. There is also a statue of Amida Buddha with its head looking... More 

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