The Eiheiji Head Temple

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The Eiheiji Head Temple

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This is the headquarters of Soto sect, one of Japan’s Zen Buddhism and founded by Master Zen monk, Dogen in 1244. Since then, the temple has served as a venue for Zen ascetic training. At present, over 200 young trainee monks from all over the country are practicing training according to austere code set by Master Dogen. When you visit the temple, you will watch some trainee monks go by. The precincts covering approximately 330,000 ㎡, surrounded by mountains on three sides, comprises over 70 buildings centering on 7 important Buddhist halls connected with corridors. Shades of old cedar trees in the precincts enhance an austere and serene atmosphere.

The Eiheiji Head Temple

Website

http://www.eiheiji.jp/webapps/www/leisure/detail.jsp?id=184

Traffic access

Get off at JR Fukui Station,then board Keifuku bus direct line for Eiheiji named Eiheiji Liner(approx.30 min.).
Get off at JR Fukui Station,then board Echizen Railway Eiheiji Katsuyama Line bound for Katsuyama and get off at Eiheijiguchi St.,then board Keifuku bus bound for Eiheiji-Monzen or Eiheiji and get off at the end(approx.45 min. for all).

Official website

http://www.fuku-e.com/lang/english/places/culture.html
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