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Eiheiji Temple was founded in 1244 by Buddhist scholar Dogen Zenji. Dogen Zenji is credited for introducing the Soto Zen sect of Zen Buddhism to Japan. In fact, Eiheiji Temple is one of the two head temples of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism. The temple is rather large, with over 70 buildings and structures connected by a series of walkways. Eiheiji means "temple of eternal peace" in English. Even today the temple is an active monastery with over 100 practicing monks. Those wishing to experience a day in the life of a monk can do so by staying overnight at the temple and following the monks' daily routines including zen meditation.
When visitors come to Eiheiji, they first enter through the modern reception hall. The reception hall features a kitchen, bath, sleeping quarters, study room, and meditation hall. There are also foreign language pamphlets available for guests who may not speak Japanese as a first language. From the reception hall, guests can head to the Sanmon Gate, the oldest standing structure on the temple grounds. There's also the Buddha Hall at the center of the complex which houses statues of past, present, and future Buddha.
If you'd like to try staying in a temple for the night, Japan Deluxe Tours is more than happy to help make your dream a reality. Just let our staff know when you're booking your vacation you want to add a temple stay and we will do our best to make it happen. Please note, not all temples accept guests and therefore we cannot guarantee temple lodging.
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