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Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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Address: 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8445, Kyoto Prefecture
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I'm glad I listened to my friend who suggested to visit this place. It is beautiful especially during autumn. You can sit for awhile to marvel the garden and the structures in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm glad I listened to my friend who suggested to visit this place. It is beautiful especially during autumn. You can sit for awhile to marvel the garden and the structures in this temple. It is best to take the bus then a few walks.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here in the Autumn when they open the gardens in the evening with all the trees lit up. The colours are unbelievable but it was ridiculously busy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Locating just about 100m away from Philosopher's Walk, this temple is perfect in setting up the mood for a soul-soothing experience. We arrived at this temple from Kiyomizu-dera, and the difference between the two temples is drastic. While the latter is lively and vibrant, this temple is all about peace and tranquility. To put it in a way, Eikan-do is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last year's autumn leaves were a little disappointing to me but as expected, the best foliage was to be found at Eikando. If you come during autumn time, you should never miss this. But, the crowd is really a sight to behold in itself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The changing of leaves at Eikando should be on everyone's bucket list. It is simply impossible to describe the beauty of the different colors and type of trees. It is very busy with tourist in November and more expensive to visit then in other seasons.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

We went at night, and it was beautiful. We had our two boys with us in strollers, ages 1 and 3. The grounds were gorgeous and well-lit, but not overly-so. We walked down the Philosopher's Path to get there, and ended up taking a cab back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful gardens and beautiful temple! We visited in the winter, i can imagine it must be even more incredible in Autumn. Definately worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017

Gem! Hidden behind the pontocho alley! Came here in the morning and was worth it to wake up early! Really nice architecture

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017

This is an interesting temple to visit any time of year, but in foliage season it is truly spectacular. As far as I can tell, mid-November to early-December is peak leaf season in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

The temples and garden were beautiful. You are not allowed to take photos inside the temples. The view from the pagoda was very beautiful. The place was quite and calm, which was perfect.

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