Eikando Temple

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Photo: Irma Syahriar

Eikando Temple (永観堂), formerly known as Zenrin-ji temple, was established in 853 and is the head temple for the Seizan branch of Japan's Jōdo-shū Buddhist sect. The temple is known for its autumn scenery.

Overview

Address

48 Eikandocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8445 (Directions)

Hours

9:00 - 17:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00
Thursday 9:00 - 17:00
Friday 9:00 - 17:00
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
Sunday 9:00 - 17:00
Holidays 9:00 - 17:00

Phone Number

+81757610007

Website

http://www.eikando.or.jp/English/index_eng.html

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