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“Massive and amazing”

Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Ranked #7 of 1,113 things to do in Kyoto
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Townsville, Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Massive and amazing”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stumbled upon Eikan-do after walking the Path of Philosophy. It's a huge complex with sprawling beautiful gardens, including many raked zen sand gardens (best ones I saw in Japan!). Unlike a few temples you can walk around almost all of the buildings and enter most shrines (wood floor can be a bit chilly on the feet in winter though). The architecture itself is stunning, but also the art and shrines are also great, including the famous Amida Buddha head turning statue.

Probably allow an hour at Eikan-do minimum.

Visited January 2013
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京都市, 京都府
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“紅葉”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

in Autumn green leaves turns into red, and they make a beautiful scenery of red leaves!!

Visited December 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

This has been my favourite temple/shrine in Kyoto. At least, during our visit in winter. Lovely rock and moss gardens, and a collection of buildings, all of which can be visited.

Visited February 2013
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“Very nice!”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is the 4th stop in the path of the Philosopher´s Walk.
Is an active temple, very nice with a beautiful Pagoda!
You can see a small lake, a smal river and some beautiful tree´s.
Don´t miss it!

Visited January 2013
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Thank Brian G
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“Amazing in the fall”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

I would only recommend this during the fall- it probably has one of the best foliage in the city, and that is saying a lot as Kyoto has endless amazing sites to see the foliage.

Visited November 2012
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