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Eigenji Temple

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Japan, 〒527-0212 滋賀県東近江市永源寺高野町41

Head temple of the Eigen-ji branch, featuring a large thatched roof, scenic grounds & river vistas.

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Mondays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Mike Clarke 3 months ago

Beautiful and remote temple for viewing autumn colours, particularly momiji. On our visit, it was a welcome change of pace compared to Kyoto and Tokyo. Not crowded and very serene, as these places should be.

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Divertimento 3 months ago

Eigen-ji Temple, nestled in the serene landscape of Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan, holds a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1361 by Kokai, a disciple of the famous Zen master, Muso Soseki. The temple's name, 永源寺, translates to "Temple of Eternal Spring," reflecting its connection to nature and spiritual renewal. Throughout the centuries, Eigen-ji has endured various reconstructions, with its current structures showcasing traditional Japanese architecture. The temple is renowned for its stunning gardens, featuring cherry blossoms in spring and vibrant foliage in autumn, creating a captivating backdrop for meditation and contemplation. Eigen-ji is a pivotal center for the Soto Zen sect, attracting practitioners seeking tranquility and enlightenment. Visitors can explore the main hall, pagoda, and tea houses while experiencing the Zen philosophy embedded in every aspect of the temple. Eigen-ji remains a timeless testament to Japan's cultural and spiritual heritage.

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พิชญ์พงศ์ พูลผล 3 months ago

You can park at Private parking lot near the red bridge or Temple parking in another side of the gate. The parking fee is 500 yen and entrance fee is 500 yen per person. At the autumn time, view is so gorgeous. I have been there on Sunday. It’s not too crowded but still have tourist there. Most of tourists are Japanese. I meet only some Asian tourists and less white tourist. They also have illumination at the night.

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Shingo 2 years ago

(Trip was made back then on 25 Nov 2019, 2 years before the Covid-19 Pandemic hit) Can’t believe it’s been exactly 2 years since we have visited this magnificent place. During the planning stages, I initially thought it was going to be tedious to get to, having to take a train to a random quiet town, then switching to bus which Google maps said would take another 47 minutes to reach. Was all this really worth it? Well, we took a gamble and went for it. When we arrived and saw the magnificent view, we knew that our risk had paid off. If you thought Ishiyamadera Temple was beautiful, wait till you see Eigenji Temple. The temple feels like it’s basking in the sun’s golden rays, surrounded by rich vibrant shades of orange, yellow and red. It is famous for its beautiful autumn coloured leaves, thanks to the 3000 maple trees found within the temple grounds. It comes as no surprise that the temple is as one of Japan’s 100 grand autumn foliage sites. It’s a place I can definitely fall in love with. The autumn foliage is so magnificent that you could stay here for hours admiring its beauty. There was so much to soak in that we were glued here for 3 hours. Really miss this experience and I would definitely do it in a heartbeat given the chance. Note: 1. The train journey wasn’t too difficult (granted, we were already stationed at Omihachiman). Just need to take the local train to Yokaichi Station. 2. If you’re lucky like us, a helpful bus conductor will help issue a 1 day pass at the train ticket counter, which covers the train and bus fares. This helps you to save more rather than paying for the train and bus fares individually. 3. Taking the bus wasn’t too daunting either. There are 3 bus stops just on the left exit of the station and the bus heading for Eigen-ji is bus stop no.1. The only problem is knowing when the bus arrives and departs. The bus ride itself took about 35mins. 4. Apparently, morning was the worst time to go as there’s tonnes of local tour groups, all elderly, swarming the place(think of it as our local CC grassroots activities). The place gets quiet and empty by 12 noon, so on hindsight it would have been better to come in the afternoon.

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Vantageshots 3 years ago

**No goshuincho at this time due to COVID** We missed the fall season where the maple leaves really pop out through the temple. But the snow that falls throughout the temple grounds still brings beauty. Parking is right across the red bridge across from the Eigen-hi tourist info booth. It was very empty when we visited.