Good for: Photography, Scenery, Japanese History, Autumn leaves, Mapple Leaves
- 48 Eikandō-chō Sakyō-ku
- admission ¥600
Lonely Planet review for Eikan-dō
Eikan-dō is a large temple famed for its varied architecture, gardens and works of art. It was founded in 855 by the priest Shinshō, but the name was changed to Eikan-dō in the 11th century to honour the philanthropic priest Eikan.
In the Amida-dō Hall, at the southern end of the complex, is the statue of Mikaeri Amida (Buddha Glancing Backwards). From the Amida-dō Hall, head north to the end of the covered walkway. Change into the sandals provided, then climb the steep steps up the mountainside to the Tahō-tō (Tahō Pagoda), where there's a fine view across the city.
Note that this temple is one of the city's most popular fall foliage spots; while it is stunning in November when the maples turn crimson, it also gets completely packed.
The temple is a 10-minute walk north of Nanzen-ji.