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Eiheiji temple

Eiheiji temple Eiheiji is one of the head temples of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism, and is located about 12 km east of Fukui city.
(Another head temple is Soujiji in Yokohama city, and its original temple is near Wajima city in Ishikawa Prefecture.)
This is the most well-known temple in Hokuriku Region.

This temple was founded by Priest Dogen (1200-1253).
When he was 14 years old, he became a Buddhist priest in Enryakuji temple in Kyoto.
But his thought of Buddhism was different from the general one, so he went to China to learn the real Buddhism.
He came back to Kyoto in 1228, and founded his temple in Kyoto.

But he was persecuted by other sects, so he left Kyoto to escape persecution.
And he founded this temple here in 1244, and he gave the temple the name of "Eiheiji".
Since that, this temple has been received the faith by the people for a long time.

Eiheiji is located in a narrow valley in a mountain.
The precincts are surrounded with the forests with the large trees which are several hundred years old.
In the precincts, there are over 70 buildings. Now about 200 Zen preisets perform the ascetic practices.

Soto sect emphasizes cooking and meal for the preists. Each of them is also one of the important practices.
So Eiheiji is known for its Buddhist cuisine ("Shojin-ryori" in Japanese) like vegetarianism.
There are some restaurants of Shojin-ryori along the road to Eiheiji.

How to get to here

By railroad

  1. From Fukui station, by local train on Echizen Railway Line, about 25 minutes to Eiheiji-guchi station.
  2. By route bus to Eiheiji, about 12 minutes from there.

By express route bus

From Fukui station to Eiheiji, about 30 minutes.

By car

About 16 km from central Fukui city, about 25 minutes.




Main gate of Eiheiji
Photo by Nihon-rettou okinijiman
Karamon gate
Approach to Sanmon gate Sanmon gate
Priests in the precincts Buddhist sanctum
A corridor and a gate in Eiheiji
Photo by Nihon-rettou okinijiman
A sloping corridor with stairs
Large wooden statues in Eiheiji
Photo by Nihon-rettou okinijiman
A wooden pagoda in Eiheiji

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