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Restart of Normal Visit

For those who are planning to visit Eikando

Eikando has been opened under restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection. From July 1st (Wed), Eikando restarts the normal visit as usual. However, there is still a concern about recurrence of infection. When visiting, we ask that you will pay close attention to measures for infection prevention such as wearing a mask and keeping a social distancing.

July 1, 2020
Eikando Zenrin-ji



Request to bring a shoe bag

In order to reduce plastic waste, it is necessary to reduce the use of plastic bags. At Eikando, we also handed out plastic bags as shoe bags, but we will stop the distribution of a plastic bag in stages over one year from July 1, 2020. In the future, we would like to request visitors of Eikando to bring their own shoe bag. We would appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

July 1, 2020
Eikando Zenrin-ji



Autumnal Exhibition and Night Visit in 2020

Autumnal Exhibition and Night Visit in 2020 will be planed according to the following schedule.
Depending on the status of Covid-19 infection, it is expected that the period and the management form will be changed significantly. Please check this website for the latest information.

Day Time Visit (Autumnal Exhibition 2020)

  1. Period: November 7 (Sat) ~ December 6 (Sun)
  2. Reception time: 9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM (The visit is closed at 5:00 PM.)
  3. Admittance fee:
  4.   Adult 1,000yen
  5.   Student 600yen (a primary school ~ a high school)
  6. Items displayed: To be determined.
Attention
The ticket for the Night Time Visit is diferent from the one for the Day Time Visit. All of the Day Time visitors are requested to walk out the precincts before 5:00 PM.

Night Time Visit

  1. Period: November 7 (Sat) ~ December 6 (Sun)
  2. Reception time: 5:30 PM ~ 8:30 PM (The visit is closed at 9:00 PM.)
  3. Admittance fee: 600yen (above a junior high school student)
  4. Items opened: Amida-do, Gasen-do and the garden

July 01, 2020
Eikando Zenrin-ji

Beware of spoofed e-mails by the sender's name of Eikando !

Junk e-mails have been still distributed under the spoofed IP-address of Eikando.
xxxx@eikando.or.jp is the sender's address of those junk mails. The characters of xxxx are changed from time to time. We never send e-mails except for a reply for your inquiry.
Those spoofed mails may be in danger of a virus. When you receive an unexpected mail under the sender's address mentioned above, please deleted it without opening.

Jan. 01, 2020
Eikando Zenrin-ji



Paintings in Amida-do

Amida-do, the main hall of Eikando temple complex, was moved from Shitenno-ji temple to Eikando in 1607. Historical documents say that Amida-do was decorated with many paintings to visualize the world of Pure Land. But 400 year-time makes the paintings fade out. Many parts of the hall were repainted over by urushi, a Japanese lacquer.
In 2006, a basic research was started to restore them. A painstaking work revealed that there were hundreds of patterns and figures on the beams and pillars in the hall. Researchers also found the handwriting by an ancient carpenter on an above part of a pillar. It says “ぬし やぎゅう・・・ 慶長十二年・・・”. “慶長十二年” means the year of 1607. This handwriting backs up a record of the historical documents.
Specialists traced these figures and restored the original images and also analyzed the painting materials. For four years, many paintings are restored. The work will be completed in October, 2010. A quarter of the hall is left without any work for the future research. The following pictures are some of the restored paintings.
When you visit Eikando, do not miss to appreciate the restored paintings with vivid colors and gold. You will be surely impressed by them, the world of Pure Land which was an image of the Buddha's world of ancient people.


hiten1

hiten2
Hiten (Heavenly music player )


pillar
An ornament of a pillar with gold foil

hiten
Hiten (part)

zuicho
Zuicho (A kind of a bird in Pure Land )

Dragon
Dragon

beams
Restored paintings on the beams