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Address: 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8445, Kyoto Prefecture
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Where Zen lives...

Visiting this temple was one of the highlights of my Japanese holiday. The magic already started when we left the station and entered the little streets leading to Eikando. You... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting this temple was one of the highlights of my Japanese holiday. The magic already started when we left the station and entered the little streets leading to Eikando. You pass by small private gardens, tamed small streams and hidden temples. You also walk by Nanzenji, another lovely temple, stop by it by all means it's well worth it as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this templed on our first day of temple run in Kyoto. It was a very pleasant surprise and set the standard pretty high for the rest of the temples and shrines. It is not one of the most popular ones but it has everything combined in one: beautiful gardens, a small pond/ lake, amazing architecture with 3 different... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited Kyoto for 8 days together with my husband, daughter and son- in- law. We visited a number of beautiful temples and gardens, but I have rated this as my favourite. The expansive size of the gardens meant that you felt the peace and tranquility of nature in spite of it being a busy tourist destination. It's the nature... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great area to visit, full of history. Would happily visit there again with family and friends. Great choice

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited countless temples in Kyoto, but this certainly stood up. It might not be as famous as others (well, at least we only heard of it by the concierge of our hotel, I didn't see it ranked high on any guides or websites) but it was one of our favourite temples in Kyoto. We went in summer, so we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was just a very relaxing and quiet Temple on the day of our visit. The centerpiece is the garden which surrounds a lake in the center of the property. Suggest taking it slow and settle in on a bench here and find some connection to nature. Some will rush through this, but give yourself time to savor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Impressive place to visit, whatever your preference you should find your pleasure, from nice garden and nature, to Japanese architecture and wall or spiritual environment and objects. From our stand point it is with the silver palace among the best site visit of this philosophical path area. The 4 of us sit down admiring the complex completion of simplicity of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very busy place in November, peak time for “red leaves”. So many tourists and local people came to enjoy the autumn color and we found the place ( the temple and the neighborhood ) very crowded. My friend gave us a ride but couldn’t find a spot for parking, so he has to let us off and returned to pick... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

The temple itself it ok, you will see lots of them in Kyoto, but what makes this a must see sight is its impressive colorful gardens with ponds and fishes. The best i saw during my trip

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

I really loved this temple. There was a cool water chime, and I really got interested in the whole "looking-back Buddha" story. You can also climb to a high pagoda for a great view of Kyoto. If you really explore this place, it will take some time (1-2 hours?), but I really enjoyed it.

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