Eikando, also known as Zenrin-ji, is a Buddhist temple founded in the 9th century and the headquarters of the Jodoshu Seizan Zenrin-ji sect. It was burnt down in the 15th century, during the Onin War, but was restored in the early 16th century. Eikando is best known for its evening illuminations and its beautiful colors in autumn, when the entrance fee is risen from 600 to 1000 Yen.
The temple is formed by a varied group of buildings connected by impressive wooden corridors and set in a beautiful garden with a large pond. The Amida-do is the largest hall in the complex and houses the temple's main object of worship: a 30 inch statue of Amida which is known as the Mikaeri Amida, or Turning Amida, for its unusual posture facing right instead of forward.
The Taho-To, a two storied pagoda with a circular upper part on top of a squared base, is Eikando's most recognizable structure. Set on the temple's highest point, on the slope of Higashiyama mountains, it offers impressive panoramic views of Kyoto.
Bus no. 5,57
Both Nanzen-ji and Eikando temples can be reached in a 5 minute walk from Nanzenji-Eikando-michi bus stop.