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Zenrinji-temple, Eikan-do

Address: 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8445, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-761-0007
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Ranked #2 of 437 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This temple is conveniently located along the famous "Philosopher's path" between the silver pavilion "Ginkakuji" and "Nanzenji" which means even if you aren't satisfied with the newly restored and still wet-with-paint Eikando, you don't have far to walk to get a taste other sites.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

We had gone to Kyoto in mid to late November, the fall colour was at its peak. The Zenrinji shrine looked wonderful and to say, poetic in midst of the Japanese maple.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The place is wonderful... But even overcrowded, people are so respectfull and nice thyt you feel confortable

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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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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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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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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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