Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji

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 Kyoto | The Head Temple Of The Buddhist Sect Seizan Branch

Eikando Zenrinji is the head temple of the Buddhist sect Seizan branch. It is most commonly known today as Eikando, but was formerly more commonly known as Zenrinji. The temple was named after a priest named Eikando. The temple has stood in Eastern Kyoto as a villa which was donated to the priest who converted the villa into a temple.

Eikando Zenrinj is most famous for its beautiful autumn colors and illuminations during the fall season. The temple and its surrounding buildings are illuminated, lighting up the area in beautiful warm colors. The temple has several distinctive features including the Tahoto Pagoda. Sitting on the hills, the two story pagoda provides an amazing view of the town of Kyoto and the temple itself. The Tahoto Pagoda is an attractive tourist spot during the fall when tourists gather to get a glimpse of the beautiful town filled with warm maple leaves. The Hojo Pond is another popular feature of Eikando Zenrinji. Streams from the temple grounds flow into Hojo Pond which surrounds the exquisite garden. Be sure to visit Eikando Zenrinji during the late November days when the temple grounds are illuminated and beautiful autumn colors fills the space.

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