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Maple leaves at Eikando will offer you a scenery with beautiful sight


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Mostly known as Eikan-do, this temple has a another name called Zenrin-ji Temple. The temple is famous for the beautiful maple leaves because of its amazing garden surrounded by over 3,000 maple trees which turns color during autumn season. The best time to visit for you to see the sight of maple leaves changing into bright red and orange color is around mid-November. It is believed that the temple helps people lead to the right path in life.
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Since there are tons of maple trees planted, we were really happy to be surrounded by autumn colored leaves! So we highly recommend that you visit in autumn! In addition, the Japanese tea shop of the temple offers matcha and wagashi (Japanese sweets) near the pond. Try to have them on the bench in a very Japanese traditional atmosphere.
We visited Eikando in November when the leaves were changing its seasonal color. The view from the top of Taho-To (pagoda) was breathtaking. At first, we passed through the garden which is bigger than my expectation, then went to the main hall, and finally arrived at the pagoda. Since the scenery and atmosphere are changing continuously, we never get bored and tired of visiting here.
See the view from Taho-To
Must See !
See The View From Taho-to (pagoda)
The view from the pagoda is from the highest place within the temple premises. This view will make you want to take lots of photos of the scenery from all directions.
Must See !
A statue of Buddha looking backwards is enshrined in this temple. It is smaller than you think. However, you would be overwhelmed to the power of the statue.
Ho-jo floated glass
Must Do !
Ho-jo Floated Glass
Looking closely at the handrail, the glass is curved. If you look at the Hojo-garden from inside, trees seem to be swaying despite no wind. Try looking at it from both sides. It is mysterious and interesting part of Japanese culture.
Stroll around Hojo-chi
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Stroll Around Hojo-chi (hojo-pond)
There is a large pond in front of the main hall. It is surrounded by so many maple trees that are beautifully reflected on the pond like a mirror! There are several directions to stroll through, and we highly recommend you to across the Benten Bridge where it is one of the best spots to take a photo. If you need to take a rest, you can drink matcha green tea at the terrace seats of the Japanese tea shop while looking at its nice scenery.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
When you come into the Amida-do, please take your shoes off and put then in the plastic bag that is provided.
Appearance Photo Eikando
Categories Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 75-761-0007
Address 45 Eikando-cho,Sakyo-ku,Kyoto-shi,Kyoto,606-8445
Directions [From JR Kyoto station]

Take a city bus Route 5, get off at the bus stop Nanzen-ji Eikando-michi (3-minute walk)

Take a city bus Route 100, get off at the bus stop Higashi Tenno-cho (8-minute walk)

Take the subway Karasuma line bound for Kokusai-kaikan, change to the subway East-West line bound for Rokujizo at Karasuma-oike station and get off at Keage station (15-minute walk)

[From Keihan Sanjo station]

Take a city bus Route 5, get off at the bus stop Nanzen-ji Eikando-michi (3-minute walk)

[From Keihan Jinguu-Marutamachi station]

Take a city bus Route 204 or 93, get off at the bus stop Higashi Tenno-cho (8-minute walk)
Hours 9am - 5pm (enter by 4pm)
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Fee Adults (Ages 19 or over) ¥600
Children (Ages 6 to 18) ¥400
*Discounts are available for groups of 30 or more.
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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There are English brochures at the entrance. The staff can’t speak English, but they are so friendly that you will be happy to visit without any concerns.
Information Japanese and English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Eikando +81 75-761-0007 Adults (Ages 19 or over) ¥600 Children (Ages 6 to 18) ¥400 *Discounts are available for groups of 30 or more. 3/3

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