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Address: 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8445, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-761-0007
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A hidden gem

We absolutely love this beautiful temple on the hillside of Kyoto. Much less Populated than some of the other sightseeing places in town. Wonderful Japanese style garden and some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We absolutely love this beautiful temple on the hillside of Kyoto. Much less Populated than some of the other sightseeing places in town. Wonderful Japanese style garden and some spiritual places and temples and a little pagoda overlooking the city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Love this temples, visited in late November and it is unforgettable! Very magical, would definitely go back to Kyoto during the foliage season again! I remembered the crowd so early morning visit is the best option to have a more peaceful walk in the temple to youself!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Has the largest lotus water feature I've ever seen and the azalea hedges that were coming into bloom were spectacular. Very well maintained, but a little touristy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Another great old temple complex with lots of traditional areas. Can get a bit busy during peak holiday times, but October was fine just as the leaves were beginning to change for the season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

It is always a risk in Kyoto that you'll get all temples out. After you've seen the first dozen or so, interest does tend to wane. So put this at the top of the list. It has some of the finest antique artwork you'll see outside the national museum and among the finest zen gardens you are likely to encounter.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I went during Spring and it was delightfully peaceful and the scene was beautiful. Take a slow walk around Eikan-do. Recommended length of visit : 2 hours - 2.5 hours. If you were to visit during the Sakura period, you may head down to the Philosopher's Path which is probably 200 metres or so away.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

It might have been a very interesting Temple but al lot of doors were closed due to a teaching ceremony so we had no views of most of the interior. But then we could hear the students say their prayers...and the garden is, as almost any Japanese garden, beautiful. The pagoda on the hillside can be visited. Very good sanitary... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Wonderful place to visit, but remember it is popular with Japanese as weel as tourist so be prepared for a large number of people to be there. During my 3 weeks in Japan I felt safe both day and night.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We almost skipped this one owing to our temple fatigue. But once we were inside it and saw the beautiful garden, it more than made up for it. There was some teaching ceremony in progress when we visited and while we were still there, these students and their teachers came out and walked towards their next stop. But even that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A beautiful temple with an even more beautiful garden. Beware that when in Kyoto it is easy for all the shrines and temples to begin to look like one since there are so many. So pick a few favourites and visit those. This one, I'd put on your list

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