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Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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48 Eikandocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8445, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Eikando, on Philosophers Path, is one of the most beautiful places in Kyoto. The extraordinary temple, home of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism is built into the side of the mountain, has an extraordinarily beautiful landscaped garden. An extraordinary place to ring the bells...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed December 23, 2018

My visit was a bit earlier in November so this place was the only one peaking. Crowd was a bit manageable as we got in as soon as they open but when we get out, people were pooring in from all directions. The views were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018

This was a good place to view autumn maples,but I was not sure about its attractiveness in other seasons. There were many trees, but they seemed to be scattered around. The setting did not seem to be as good (and compact) as Tofuku-ji Temple. Moreover,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 17, 2018

Read other reviews saying it was very overcrowded. But we went at night to see the leaves illuminated, and although it was clearly popular, we didn't feel there were too many people and didn't have to queue to get tickets. Of the many temples in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Went there to see the gardens but arrived on a day it closed earlier as it reopened about 1.5h later again for night viewing which was not planned. Waited outside together with many other people until the queuing line was opened for the autumn night...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

No doubt the foliage here was great when I visited in the afternoon as what nany had expressed in their reviews. But the crowd was certainly overwhelming. It was a 15 minutes wait in the queue for entrance tickets. It is impossible to get a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 4, 2018

in mid November, so in addition to the temple, there was also gorgeous autumn foliage to admire in the background.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Many people make a point to visit Kyoto at the end of November in order to catch a glimpse of the stunning colours appearing when the leaves change. It is particularly those of the Japanese maple and the ginkgo that are most effective. Eikando temple...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

This is my first time to view red leaves in Kyoto. I have searched on the internet that everyone recommends this place. I visited this temple on 23 November and found that this is the best one among the ones I visited for the past...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 27, 2018

We saw many temples and gardens during our stay in Japan but in our view this was one of the best. There are two very opulent immensely impressive temples to view. The gardens when we visited mid November were reaching their wonderful peak of autumn...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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