Tour of Eiheiji Temple

by Tatsuhiro

 What is Eiheiji Temple ?

 Deep in the mountains of Fukui prefecture, Eiheiji Temple was established in 1244 by the Reverend Dogen as the facilities for Buddhist monks undergoing austere Zen training. It consists of 70 buildings being used for conducting various Buddhist practices. The temple is the "Sohonzan" (head temple ) for the "Sotosyu" sect of Buddhism and the source of worshiping among the followers.

 Beauty of the temple and its compound

 The temple is in the midst of mountains, therefore, you can enjoy seeing the beautiful natural environment throughout the year. In winter, in particular, the entire temple is covered with deep snow each year, creating the picture-perfect scene of a different world.

What you have to do

 When arriving at the temple, follow the guidance of the priests who will tell you how to behave politely in the Buddhist temple. You are not supposed to talk loudly to each other and have to walk quietly. But, above all, express your appreciation to the priests who treat you as if they were your parents. 

What you can enjoy

 You will be amazed at being in the spacious "tatami-matted" halls and seeing the images, decorarions and ornaments for worshiping. The ceiling pictures in "Sansyokaku" hall are splendid. While being in the purified environment, you will feel your mind enlightened and your soul refreshed. 

 Besides immersing yourself in the solemn atmosphere the entire temple produces, you can listen to the priests` lectures, participate in  "zazen" meditation and cleaning of the tatami-matted floors. The taste of "Shojin-ryori" dishes, or a cuisine prepared without meat or fish, is good and it is conducive to your health. You can even stay in the temple overnight with a reservation two weeks in advance.

Tour of Eiheiji Temple is here. 


18 Jun 2015


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It took me some 20 years to be qualified for this job and I feel honored for being able to help tourists from abroad understand our nation and culture. Japan is a beautiful country with a long history, tradition and rich cultural heritages, having various features in each of the four distinct seasons. Although there are now many visitors from abroad, mainly from Asian countries, they are mostly interested in shopping taking advantage of cheaper yen rather than understanding our people and culture. Kyoto and Nara are the two cities best known by foreign tourists, but not all the aspects of Japanese culture are concentrated there. If you visit the countryside other than these two cities, you will never fail to see the beautiful natural surroundings and people who will warmly welcome you. I wish to work as the bridge between Japanese people and tourists from all over the world. read more


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