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Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Kyoto

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#8 of 696 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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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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  • This shrine is particularly very popular during the momijis season in fall. The colors are so bright, the garden,the pond, little waterfall... beautiful setting. 
    This shrine is particularly very popular during the momijis season in fall. The colors are so bright, the garden,the pond, little waterfall... beautiful setting.  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • 1000¥. Its nice to walk around & pretty. Super crowded. Low rating for sustainability. Given the hundreds of visitors each day on weekends, every person gets a plastic bag to carry their shoes in, which is then thrown away & not reused. Terrible. I'm bringing plastic bags to temples from now on. Japan's sustainability is nearly non-existent.
  • A walk through a set of temple buildings with several small historical items on exhibit, followed by a mostly one-way stroll through a nice Japanese garden. The autumn views were some of the most vibrant and picturesque I saw in Koto, but the crowds and 1000 yen entry fee are a bit of a drawback.

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