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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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97 reviews 97 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The temple is very big, in the middle of the trees. You have to take off shoes and go on the wood for a very long walk, which gives you a very nice impression. The temples are very nice and suit perfectly in the nature around.

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Oakville Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed a peaceful afternoon at the Heian Shrine and Gardens, Museum of Modern Art, Philosopher's Walk and the highlight, Eikan-do Temple. Some of the best that Kyoto has to offer without the crowds and tests of endurance.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We went about 11am on a Wednesday. Very few people, less than a dozen on the site. Listening to the monks chanting was a real experience. Grounds, gardens, temples are in beautiful shape. Don't confuse this site for others in the same park area, seek it out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Eikando is a beautiful, peaceful temple at the southern end of the Philosophers Path. When we visited during cherry blossom season it was much less crowded here than many other temples we visited. The buildings here are connected by wooden corridors. The first building you enter has some lovely painted sliding doors and a really pretty rock garden. There were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We didn't visit all of the hundreds of temples, and so we had to be selective - whereby this one was for us the most pleasing. We visited on a morning on a weekday, it had no crowds, so it you could enjoy the serenity, the sounds and the gardens. To enter the temple you need to take your shoes... More

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Rabat, Morocco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A beautiful temple with a panoramic view over Kyoto. the only downside is that it was crowded as hell...

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Manila, Philippines
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Tranquil and relaxing would be the best description for this place. We were fortunate to see the lily pods blooming with flowers. We would love to visit this place again during cherry blossoms season.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Eikan-do was one of my favorite temples in Kyoto. When we were there, there was a ceremony going on, and many monks were worshipping in one of the main buildings. There is a seating area for visitors to watch. Walking through the temple and hearing them chant was magical. The colored flags around this worship building were beautiful as well.... More

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Coventry England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

After a morning in the west of the city we visited the beautiful Ginakuji Temple from here look the Philosophers' Path to Eikando. What a calming conclusion to the day, virtually empty and an opportunity to see the inside of a temple, which is often not the case. If you not wearing socks use the slippers as there is plenty... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Beautiful grounds and lovely views. A very serene place that also wasn't overrun with tourists, which was nice. I really wish the blossoms were in full bloom, but it was a bit too early in March. I can only imagine how magnificent it would look when they are in bloom. Still a beautiful place.

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