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Eiheiji Temple

  Dec 10th, 2010

Eiheiji Temple, located in Fukui-ken, was founded over 800 years ago, although the temple was rebuilt a number of times over the years. It is still an active temple today training monks in its teachings. It is possible for anyone to stay at the temple overnight and join in the routine and lessons of the monks.

The main entrance to Eiheiji

The main entrance to Eiheiji Temple

Walking up the main entrance taking in the peaceful greenery, you get the sense that this is a special place

Walking up the main entrance taking in the peaceful greenery, you get the sense that this is a special place

Buildings appear through the lush green foliage

Buildings appear through the lush green foliage

Nice combination of stonework with natures colors around

Map of the temple grounds

Map of the temple grounds

A little bit of Autum color

A little bit of Autum color

The temple is built on the hillside so there are stairs and gardens everywhere. It makes for a very nice setting

The temple is built on the hillside so there are stairs and gardens everywhere. It makes for a very nice setting

Interesting shaped structure

Interesting shaped structure

This room was huge. I think it was 400 tatatmi mats in size

This room was huge. I think it was 400 tatatmi mats in size

Walking through the inner corridors

Walking through corridors

The ceiling of this room was very detailed

The ceiling of this room was very detailed

Looking back down one of the stairways within the temple

Looking back down one of the stairways within the temple

The buildings are connected with stair corridors allowing you to walk around the entire complex undercover

Its a long walk up here

Not sure what this object was representing

Not sure what this object was representing

The scenery outside of the windows is quite serene

Magnificent workmanship

Magnificent workmanship

Time for some quiet reflection

Time for some quiet reflection

The buildings blend into their surrounds nicely

Gardens and buildings both well maintained

The wood on the floor was very smooth under foot. You walk around of course with no shoes here

One of the temple buildings

One of the temple buildings

Temple grounds

Temple grounds

No shortage of stairs to exercise on

The temple was immaculately clean and looked in great condition

Lots of history here

Back on the stairs

Back on the stairs

Back towards the main temple building up the hill

Looking towards the main temple building up the hill

Some guards watching over the grounds

Some guards watching over the grounds

The covered structure on the left is one of the inner staircases. Going up the stairs reminded of a scene from an anime

The covered structure on the left is one of the inner staircases. Going up the stairs reminded of a scene from an anime

So much greenery on the grounds

So much greenery on the grounds

Gentle stream running down past the temple

Gentle stream running down past the temple

beamay says:

Truly amazing. It’s like the home of the gods.
Someday I am gonna visit that temple. Its just so beautiful!

perdomot says:

Truly incredible photos. Reminds me so much of the temples I visited in Kyoto. Thanks for sharing.

Shibuya246 says:

No problems. Temples are always a good visit :)

Replica says:

These pictures are amazing. Absolutely love them. Especially #4. It looks as if the statue is floating above the moss. That’s put a smile on my face. Cheers.

Shibuya246 says:

Thank you. Much appreciated. I enjoyed visiting this area.

 

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