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We spent the night in Fukui in order to visit Eiheiji the next day. It worked out perfectly.
We caught an early bus from Fukui to arrive before the crowds of tour buses. There were plenty of other people who had the same idea on...More
A fascinating religious place to visit. Beautiful grounds and buildings. Our monk guide very informative (through our interpreter). Very traditional and a “must” if you truly wish to learn about this order. Very Japanese.
I have been to many temples in Japan (I was an exchange student here so when I say many I mean many) and Eiheiji is by far the best I have ever visited.
It is so serene and beautiful and alive. The trees there are...More
Everything about this place is on such a scale and quality of workmanship to impress. The reception hall with its 230 painted ceiling panels, the 460 year old tree section, the stairways, the memorial hall, the gardens and of course the Buddha Hall.
Eiheiji temple was bit out of the way from Fukui city but well connected by public transport. After a half hour ride on the Echizen Railway, hourly buses provided connection to the temple. Less frequent direct buses from Fukui station were also available.
I saw this temple in autumn when the leaves were in their full majesty. Being a southern California girl, that was the first time that I had seen so many bright changing leaves so up close. My whole time in and around the temple grounds...More
The temple is a little out of the way up in the hills. Hidden by trees so that despite its size cannot be seen from the road.
Is a working temple and a large number of monks around on this visit. I think some kind...More
Take the bus from the main Fukui train station. Self-guided tour through the temple. Serene wooded grounds. Well maintained buildings. Once in a while you see a monk scurrying about. Strick about their privacy and no photo policy. Lots of tourist shops. Try the sesame...More
Found out that the monastery offer one night temple stay on their website. For foreigners it is required to hire a guide from a designated organisation (check temple website for details) during the stay. The temple management will not allow any non Japanese speaking participants...More
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I prefer to really take my time at any one place ... I enjoyed strolling around the grounds ... having a seat in order to soak up a little of the atmosphere ... and taking 100's of photo's of this and that, so I needed 3... More
I prefer to really take my time at any one place ... I enjoyed strolling around the grounds ... having a seat in order to soak up a little of the atmosphere ... and taking 100's of photo's of this and that, so I needed 3 hours. I hate to rush. However, I would say the average visitor would only need an hour or so ... probably 2 hrs, at the very most. Just a word of advice ... as the temple is located on the side of a hill/mountain, there are quite a lot of stairs, but they are fairly easy to climb. There are lots of souvenir shops and restaurants in the area, so you can always spend any extra time you have left, there. It's a beautiful place to visit. I hope that helps ...