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[Facility] Eikando Temple

[Hours] 9:00-17:00 (Reception closes at 16:00)
[Hols] Open all year round

  • Equipped with Slopes
  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
  • Stairs
  • Audio Guidance, Braille
Eikando Temple

Eikando Temple

Known for its scarlet maple leaves, Eikando is the Jodo-shu Seizan Zenrin-ji School Head Temple. Founded by a disciple of Kobodaishi (Kukai) in the Heian period, It started out as a Zenrin-ji temple. The monk Yokan Risshi popularized the "nenbutsu" prayer to Amida Buddha, thus, it is said, the temple took the Chinese characters from his name. The temple is famous for its Amitabha statue looking back. With the wide-ranging backdrop of Higashiyama mountains, the temple grounds are filled with color throughout the seasons thanks to its many varied maples.
As this temple is equipped with slopes and audio guide, everyone can visit in comfort. (Month checked: 2018.Dec, )

Location 48 Eikando-cho Sakyo-ku,Kyoto, 606-8445
Tel 075-761-0007
Fax 075-771-4243
Access City Bus nanzenji-temple・eikando-michi Alight and walk 3min
Charges [Discounts for disabled] Disabled person: ¥350 * Must present Disability Card (temple exhibitions charged separately)
[Charge] General public:¥600, Elementary & Jnr & Snr High Sch Students:¥400 (temple exhibitions charged separately)
[Group charge] General public:¥500, Elementary & Jnr & Snr High Sch Students: ¥350 (temple exhibitions charged separately)
[Parking] 20 cars, 9 buses
[Wheelchair marked parking] None
[Wheelchair friendly toilet] Available
[Services] 5 wheelchairs available/Audio guide (available in Shakado hall)/Multi-lingual pamphlet (Eng)/Multi-lingual guide boards (English, Chinese, Korean)
[Entrance]Intercom at Shuin office
[Areas where shoes are forbidden]Entry is possible if wheelchair tires are wiped or covers mounted
[Remarks]Autumn is often turnout

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Wheelchair entrance/exit at Eikando Temple

Wheelchair entrance/exit at Eikando TempleAs there are steps at the Chumon central gate, wheelchair users should use this entrance to enter. You will need permission to use this wheelchair friendly entrance; so, have a helper or someone ask for you at the admission booth or notify the temple in advance. To get to this special entrance, go through the Somon gate and head toward the Chumon central gate, the entrance is on your right just before the Chumon central gate.

Wheelchair visitor entrance to Shodo hall at Eikando Temple

Wheelchair visitor entrance to Shodo hall at Eikando TempleHead toward the entrance of the temple office and enter Shodo hall from the door on the left (photo). If you wish to worship in the hall, mention this to the staff at the admission booth, and the door will be opened for you. From the door to the lobby of the hall there is a slope. Once you reach the lobby, either change to a temple wheelchair or have someone wipe your tires. The hall is fully equipped with slopes, so an almost complete tour is possible.

Lift in front of Senbutsudo hall at Eikando Temple

Lift in front of Senbutsudo hall at Eikando TempleOnce through the Shakado hall, with its beautiful partition paintings, you will find a lift in front of the Senbutsudo hall. Temple staff will assist you in the use of this lift. Next, head to the Goeido hall, which is dedicated to Honen Shonin, the founder of the sect. The doorsill at the entrance is a little high, so wheelchair users will probably have to view the interior from the corridor.

Slope for Ihaido hall at Eikando Temple

Slope for Ihaido hall at Eikando TempleAt the rear of the corridor in the Goeido hall is an elevator. Take this to head to the Amidado hall. On the right side as you come out of the elevator is a slightly steep uphill slope leading to Amidado hall. To the left are steps leading to the Garyuro (reclining dragon corridor). But do not worry as there are vehicle stoppers in front of the steps to prevent accidents.

Amidado hall at Eikando Temple

Amidado hall at Eikando TempleThe famed Mikaeri Amida statue is enshrined in this hall. Just like the Goeido hall, this hall has a slightly high doorsill, so wheelchair users will have to view the hall and its famed Amida statue from the corridor.

Hojoike pond at Eikando Temple

Hojoike pond at Eikando TempleIn the garden, light seeps through the canopy provided by the Japanese maples, making this a relaxing place to stroll. From here the Tahoto (two-storied pagoda) and Shakado hall can be seen nestling in the green of Higashiyama.

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