We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 5-10 Shihi, Yoshida-gun, Eiheiji-cho 910-1294, Fukui Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+81 776-63-3102

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 398 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 21
  • 7
    Very good
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Temple visit with an active monastery

The temple grounds are extensive and require a lot of walking and stairs. A brochure is provided upon entry, available in Japanese or English. It is very explanatory but is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

398 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 28: English reviews
Level Contributor
57 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The temple grounds are extensive and require a lot of walking and stairs. A brochure is provided upon entry, available in Japanese or English. It is very explanatory but is helpful to be accompanied by a Goodwill Guide or someone else who is knowledgable about Soto Zen Buddhism. The training and rituals of the monks at the temple (as many... More 

Thank HonoluluTraveler_9
Level Contributor
91 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

It is a temple with beautiful landscape. The area around the temple is nice and peaceful. The atmosphere is great.

Thank Chaicharn D
Level Contributor
821 reviews
470 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Eiheiji is wonderfully nestled in a cedar forest. It is a huge temple community with more than 70 buildings and a working monastery. Monks are trained here and visitors are expected to act respectfully. English-language brochures are available as you explore the temple complex, including the Sanmon Gate and Buddha Hall. I came here as part of a trip to... More 

Thank warren D
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
265 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Historical and well maintained temple that represents Fukui prefecture. I visited when there were turning leaves and it was very quiet, calm and relaxing to walk around.

Thank Enjoydifference
Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This lovely Zen monastery is a bit out of the way. We hired a car to reach it . The monastery is large and working so you will see monks going about their business. It is set in small town which is geared for pilgrims and visitors. The gardens are very attractive and the size and grandeur of the buildings... More 

Thank Cookingali
Osaka, Japan
Level Contributor
32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The nature is beautiful, and the temple is nice, and big. But it's really interesting to see the monks running around doing their daily work: carrying things, preparing food, explaining the temple to guests, knocking bugs off of the gates, etc. It's just not something you usually get to see. BUT don't take the monks' pictures! Strictly looking only.

Thank hadaka_naked
Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia
Level Contributor
27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Usually not many tourists come to Gifu, there is not much to see, but... Eiheiji temple is definitely one of the best temples I saw in Japan. Great views, deep zen philosophy, and it's a real functioning one, so you may see many monks in their daily routine. One tip, there are many souvenir shops on the way to the... More 

Thank Irina M
Level Contributor
66 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

There are many buildings including 7 main ones like main hall, living room, kitchen, bath room, toilet, and so on. About 200 monks are training . They get up at 3:30 every day . We can stay here for a few days. The atomosphire is special.

Thank Yo-Chan1
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

This place is an architectural gem hidden deep in mountains of Fukui. It's worth the time and hassle to get there because the experience is out of this world.

Thank novemberrain13
Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2015

I had a marvelous time at the Eiheiji Temple. Easy to get there in 40 minute trip by bus from Fukui. The buildings are exquisite. The monks are fascinating. I got to watch a memorial service and even participate a little. Don't miss the cemetery outside, in back of the Temple. And then walk high past the damn to a... More 

1 Thank Beverly K

Travellers who viewed Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple also viewed

Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture
Sakai, Fukui Prefecture
Sakai, Fukui Prefecture

Been to Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?