top of page

PICK UP  |   Kyoto | Eikando

Eikando history tour
A model course set in the scenic Eikando

Eikando Overview


Eikando's official name is Shoshurai Gozan Zenrinji, and it is the head temple of the Nishiyama Zenrinji sect of the Jodo sect.
It was originally a Shingon Esoteric Buddhism dojo opened in 853 by Shinsho, a disciple of Kobo Daishi Kukai.

Eikan, the seventh chief priest, brings about change.


Eikan, who was deeply devoted to Amida Tathagata, cared for the sick, just like Amida, who vowed to save sentient beings.

He gave clothing and encouraged those who were suffering to recite the Nembutsu.

Before long, Zenrin-ji Temple came to be known as Eikando.

Zenrinji, which became a nenbutsu temple, was converted to the Jodo sect by Kiyomori Taira's nephew, Seiben, and it remains here today.


By the way, it is said that the temple territory of Zenrin-ji Temple was once so vast that it even included the grounds of the neighboring Nanzen-ji Temple.


That is why Zenrin-ji was called Hokuzenrin-ji and Nanzen-ji was called Nanzenrin-ji.
This is a famous spot for autumn leaves that has been called ``Eikando of Autumn Maples'' since ancient times.

You can thoroughly enjoy autumn in Kyoto while walking around the halls connected by corridors.

In addition, the statue of Amida Nyorai in the main hall has an unusual appearance with its face turned diagonally and backwards, and is known as ``Returning Amida.''
It is called. There are also many other attractions such as the ``Eikando Seven Mysteries.''

[Tour points]

2. Hidenbai
3. Garyuro
4. Mitoko no Matsu
5. Wood frog
6.Amida Tathagata protects against fire
7.Iwagaki autumn leaves


Explanations are written at each spot about these seven wonders,
Specially, the monks of Zenrin-ji Temple will be able to guide you directly.

Eikando 1.jpg
Eikando 3.jpg
bottom of page