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.
Eikando Zenrinji Temple Reviews
Really enjoyed our visit to this temple. Much less touristy than some of the others so easier to take your time looking around. Lots to explore and has beautiful gardens. You are rewarded with a great... more »
Another beautiful temple of Kyoto. Surely in the top 10 if not top 5. After having removed the shoes you can explore this temple and it gardens. It is at the end or beginning of the “philosopher’s wal... 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.
Places to stay near Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Plan your trip to Kyoto
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all >
View all >
Side trips from Kyoto
View all >
Hidden gems in Kyoto
Nearby attractions in Kyoto
Plans to Eikando Zenrinji Temple by other users
9 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CHINA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CHINA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Osaka & Kyoto BY A USER FROM JAPAN October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Japan, Kuala Lumpur & George Town BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium