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Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Kyoto

#9 of 684 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Eikando Zenrinji Temple provides a contemplative natural environment for the worshippers, monks, and tourists who pay visits to meditate and offer daily prayers. This Buddhist temple of the Jodu-shu sect dates back to the turn of the 10th century and has been gradually built and rebuilt over the centuries. Climb the temple's tower to appreciate the best views of landscaped raked-sand gardens and Japanese maple trees. Don't miss the famous Amida Buddha statue, which allegedly looked over its shoulder at a slow-moving monk during a ritual in 1082 and stayed in that position ever since. Make Eikando Zenrinji Temple a part of your Kyoto vacation plans using our Kyoto visit planner.
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  • A must do along the Philosopher's Path - which only takes about 1 hour to walk, from the Silver Pavilion to Zenso-ji - this includes stopping at all 4 temples.  more »
  • This is my favourite temple in Kyoto. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and not too overcrowded. The setting is so peaceful and idyllic, I think I could have relaxed there all day.  more »
  • Beautiful temple where you can enjoy the japanese style garden. Mind blowing red leaves. Come here in autumn, it's worth it !
  • Said to be the best place in Kyoto to see the changing colors of the leaves. It did not disappoint! Even after seeing the changing colors in many places, I was awe struck by its beauty. Highly recommend if you are in Kyoto is November!

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