We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Beautiful and underrated”

Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Ranked #7 of 1,235 things to do in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is in the same area as the philosophers walk. Not to be missed. Lots of excellent photo taking opportunities here

2  Thank Caroline E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (1,294)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

418 - 422 of 1,295 reviews

Reviewed August 18, 2012

One of the best sites I visited and please go here if you walk the philosopher's path. A rewarding place both in beauty of the buildings and the surrounding.

1  Thank eevolute
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 13, 2012

We wandered in here on a whim, and we were almost the only folks here when we visited. We'd heard little about it, but that was a shame, as the buildings and gardens were magnificent. It is worth it just to wander through a traditional building in our bare feet - the buildings wander across the grounds for a long way, with lots of interesting things to see, and beautiful views of the gardens along the way. Do this before temple-fatigue sets in!

2  Thank Yrrw A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 30, 2012

This was one of my favorite stops on the Philosopher's Walk. First, in the main building, they were filming a samurai movie, so we had a good time watching a bit of the action.
The temple buildings and gardens are really extraordinary. If you aren't careful and you don't watch the map, you will miss one or more of the amazing features of this temple. Although this is a zen temple, the main sanctuary building is quite elaborate. But the Amida-do, which houses the "looking-back" Buddha is exquisite and the story of the looking-back Buddha is quite extraordinary.
The pagoda is quite lovely but oddly, you can't really see it once you climb up, because you are so close and the platform is so small. There is a great view of Kyoto from there. The curving wood staircase is quite lovely. At the base, there is a bamboo fountain that is tuned to make a quiet, lovely sound.
Near the Karamon gate there is a lovely fountain with a dragon spout. The gardens and points are simply lovely. There are two famous trees there: a plum tree and a pine tree. I spent a couple of hours exploring this temple and recommend it highly.

1  Thank BuffCrone
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 1, 2012

As part of touring through the Higashiyama areas of Kyoto, visiting Eikando Zenrin-ji is a worthwhile stop along the Path of Philosophy. Beautiful gardens, a very impressive wooden corridor (Garyuro, or sleeping dragon) and good views of Kyoto if you're willing to hike a little bit. Although it was quite busy, it was certainly not as busy as Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion) and if you're already walking down the highly recommended Path of Philosophy, it's worth a stop.

2  Thank Bonasa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Eikando Zenrinji Temple also viewed

 
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 

Been to Eikando Zenrinji Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing