A Two-Star Zen Temple
Built on a large quiet patch of land, surrounded by 700 year old trees, sits Eiheiji Temple. From the early morning hours, Buddhist monks sit "zazen" just as the original monks that lived here did 750 years ago. Even without a reservation, visitors can try sitting "zazen" and practice writing Buddhist sutras. (Be aware, the temple is closed sometimes, however.) There's even a special room set aside for foreign visitors who would like to try sitting "zazen".
5-15 Shihi, Eiheiji, Yoshida, Fukui Prefecture 910-1228
〒 910-1228 福井県吉田郡永平寺町志比5-15
Route 1 JR Limited Express Shirasagi (platform 4) Nagoya-Fukui (2h 10m) Go to the bus stop for Eiheiji after taking the Fukui station east exit. Keifuku Bus Eihiji Liner Fukui-Eiheiji-mae (30m) Route 2 JR Limited Express Shirasagi (platform 4) Nagoya-Fukui (2h 10m) Echizen Railway Katsuyama Eiheiji Line Fukui-Eiheiji-guchi (25m) Keifuku Bus for "Eiheiji-Monzen" or "Eiheiji" Eiheijimae-Last stop Walk 5 minutes after getting off the bus.
May–Oct 8am–5:30pm Nov–April 8:30am-5pm
|Credit card payment|
|Supported languages||English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai pamphlets available|
Prayer Fee Adults ¥500 Children ¥200
|Average visit length||1 hour|