Eikan-do Temple is the main temple of the Jodo-shu Seizan-Zenrinji school. It began as a training temple of Esoteric Buddhism of Shingon sect in 853. Eikan, the 7th abbot, later converted the temple to Jodo sect. Of the many temple treasures the most intriguing one is perhaps the Mikaeri Amida Nyorai, Amida Buddha looking back over his shoulder.
The temple's treasures are on public display from Nov. 11 to Dec.5. Eikan-do is well known for its autumn colors. There is also an illumination event from Nov. 11 to Dec. 5.
* Address: 48 Eikando-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
* Tel.: +81-(0)75-761-0007
* Access: 3-minute walk from City Bus Stop Nanzenji-Eikando-michi
* Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (No admission after 16:00)
* Closed: Open year round
* Entrance fees: Adults: 600 yen
Under High School Students: 400 yen (except for the Autumnal Exhibition)
Autumnal Exhibition: Adults: 1000 yen
Under High School Students: 400 yen
* Website: http://www.eikando.or.jp/English/index_eng.htm