Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Kyoto

#8 of 688 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 »
  • The red leaf in night is amazing. It’s a must see in Kyoto if you had the chance. I would recommend this over any other night attraction. The only problem I have here is it is too crowded. That is the proof of how amazing the view is. Try to be there early as the line get pretty long after 4:30 pm (open at 5:30). Make sure your phone is fully charged as it take very long before you can enter the area.
  • I love this temple although it is not in spring with cherry and not in autumn with foliage. It still has fully charm. Gardens and buildings are very beautiful. Treasures are valuable and rare.

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