Eiheiji Temple, Fukui

The “Grand Head Temple Eiheiji Temple” where many people visit for worship all year round is the temple of great attention from home and abroad, which was regarded as two stars by the travel guide “Michelin Green Guide Japon” issued in France. The “Soto Sect Grand Head Temple Eihei-ji Temple” is an exercise hall for whom forsakes the world and practices Zen meditation having been founded by Dogen Zenji in 1244 of about 770 years ago.


Almost 200 of unsui (wandering monk) still continue training pursuing the truth in “Zen” among the cathedral built in the hillside. The center of teaching of “Zen” that Dogen taught is “Shikantaza” (do only meditation as much as possible). It seems that it is “enlightenment” itself that zazening is totally alone.


Also, “teaching” which was finely set in everyday life, such as cleaning, eating and face washing, has been inherited without change for 770 years. Culture and nature that Eiheiji Temple has protected eventually penetrated into what symbolizes the landscape of Echizen and has supported this land. The large Buddhist temple of deep mountains and dark valleys, the bells on New Year’s Eve, a maigre dish, the faith of people who live in Monzen-machi (temple town), etc.


In winter, the Eiheiji Temple is covered with deep snow, and the precincts are covered with cold. Unsui who self-train in severe nature are forced a still severer life. However, there is a warmth of the skin that stands out, and the landscape unique to Eiheiji Temple.


Furthermore, at Eiheiji Temple, ordinary people can experience lodging training. It is a special experience that you can not taste in normal sightseeing. There is a plan of “2 days and 1 night” and “4 days of 3 nights”, you can do the training life just like a monk. A participant’s capacities are ten men and ten women at a time. It is done about once a month. Reservation is only for phone booking.



Name:Eiheiji Temple
Address:Shihi 5-15 Yoshidagun Eiheijicho, Fukui 910-1228 Japan
Access:Echizentetsudo Katsuyama-Eiheiji-sen Line “Eiheijiguchi-eki Station” (10 minutes by bus)
Tel:(+81) 776-63-3102
Price/Charge:500 yen (Adult)
200 yen (Elementary and middle school students)
Please refer the official web page.
Official site:http://www.zennosato.jp/

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