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Eikan-do offers a great view of autumn leaves to those willing to look over their shoulder


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Most people know this temple only as Eikan-do, but the official name of the temple once known as a center for learning is Shojuraigosan Muryoju-in Zenrin-ji, quite a mouthful. Eikan-do Temple is famous for its maple trees, and especially the autumn leaves. It is said there are 3000 maple trees growing on the temple premises, and in autumn they all change their color to red, orange, magenta, brown, and yellow. The best time to see these autumn leaves is to come in mid-November.
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I was really happy to be surrounded by beautiful autumn leaves! I highly recommend you visit in autumn! I also liked the tea shop inside the temple; you can have matcha tea and wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) there, near the pond. Sitting by the pond, listening to the quietness made me feel very zen.
Gaze at Kyoto from Taho-to Pagoda
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Gaze at Kyoto from Taho-to Pagoda
The pagoda is of course the highest place within the temple premises, so it’s only natural that the view from here is the greatest too. Gaze at the city below you, feel the quietness of the temple become you, but don’t forget to take a photo too.
Must See !
This is the hall where the world-famous Buddha-looking-over-his-shoulder statue is located. The statue is only 77cm tall, but that is not what is special about it. Normally Buddha statues look forward, but this Buddha looks over his shoulder. This means that you can pray to the Buddha from two directions! How convenient!
Stroll around Hojo-chi
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Stroll around Hojo pond
There is a large pond in front of the main hall. It is surrounded by maple trees, and the maple trees then reflect on the surface of the pond, making for an incredibly nice scene. Take your time to walk around the pond, and also walk across famous Benten Bridge that you can also see in the picture. The tea shop is also inviting, and taking a break here with some matcha tea is sure to become a lasting memory.
Manner & Tips
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When you come into the Amida-do, please take your shoes off and put them 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 city bus no.5, get off at the bus stop Nanzen-ji Eikando-michi (3-minute walk)

Take city bus no.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 city bus no. 5, get off at the bus stop Nanzen-ji Eikando-michi (3-minute walk)

[From Keihan Jinguu-Marutamachi station]

Take city bus no. 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 friendly and ready to help.
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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