Zenrin-ji Temple was founded in 855 by Shinsho, a disciple of the priest Kukai (Kobo-Daishi).
Then the temple was also called "Eikan-do" in the 11th century to honor the philanthropic works by the priest Eikan.
Visitors can wander along the covered walkways connecting the halls and gardens.
In the Amida-do Hall, at the southern end of the temple's precincts, is the famous statue of Mikaeri Amida (Buddha Glancing Backwards) that is designated as an important cultural property.
It is said that the statue was brought here by Eikan from Todai-ji Temple in Nara.
On the right of the statue, there is an image of a priest with a superb expression of intense concentration.
From the Amida-do Hall, head north to the end of the covered walkway.
Then climb the steep steps up the mountainside to the 13 meters tall Tahoto Pagoda where there is a fine view across the city of Kyoto.
The temple is also famous for its 3,000 maple trees that turn red in Autumn.
- 9:00 - 17:00 *Admission until 16:00
- No closing days
Access / Public Transport
- 15 minutes walk from Keage Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (T09)