Enkō-ji (圓光寺)

Enkō-ji (圓光寺)

Enkoji (圓光寺 or 円光寺) is located almost right north of Shisen-do (詩仙道). It was founded by zen priest Genkitsu in 1601, in the Fushimi area (Genkitsu actually started a few other temples across Japan). Enko-ji moved to the premises of Shokokuji (相国寺) and finally to its present location in 1667. The temple edited many classic books, and anout 50.000 wooden printing types used for these publications are conserved in the temple.

At the entrance of the temple and its garden is a "suikinkutsu", a water basin which drips in an underground chamber, each drop making a nice metallic sound. You will have to put your ears close to the bamboo pipes to hear it though. According to the pamphlet the pond in the garden is the "oldest in northern Kyoto", but I'm not sure what they mean by "oldest pond". Maybe the oldest pond used in a zen garden?

As with all maple tree gardens, they are best viewed (and photographed!) in spring and autumn, for the "aomomiji" (green young leaves) and the standard "momiji" respectively. During your tour of the garden, a path climbs to an upper cemetery bordered by tall pine trees. Aside from the garden, the main hall has nice sliding doors with paintings of bamboo on them. There is also a tea room located at the deep end of the hall. You cannot enter it, but it shouldn't stop you from taking a picture ;-)

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Nearby: Nobotoke-an 野仏庵 (80m), Shisen-dō 詩仙堂 (170m), Konpuku-ji 金福寺 (370m), Saginomori-jinja 鷺森神社 (520m), Tanukidani Fudō-in 狸谷不動院‎ (590m), Manshuin Monzeki 曼殊院門跡 (690m), Kansai Seminar House 関西セミナーハウス (890m), Zenka-in 禅華院 (900m), Shūgaku-in Imperial Villa 修学院離宮 (1.1km)

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Keywords: Japan, 日本, Japon, Kyoto, 京都, 左京区, Sakyo-ku, temple, 寺院, 仏閣, Enko-ji, 圓光寺, 円光寺

In Enkō-ji:

Tea ceremony (茶会)
Tea ceremony (茶会)
 

Photos of Enkō-ji:

Bamboo painting on sliding door (Enkoji 園光寺)
Tea room (Enkoji 園光寺)
Stone lantern in automnal garden, Enko-ji temple
Autumn colours in Enko-ji temple
Zen garden in autumn from meditation hall, Enko-ji temple (2/4)
Zen garden in autumn from meditation hall, Enko-ji temple (4/4)
Snow covered zen garden, Enko-ji temple, Kyoto
Snow covered zen garden, Enko-ji temple, Kyoto
Snow covered zen garden, Enko-ji temple, Kyoto
Little jizo statue among moss and fallen maple leaves, Enko-ji temple, Kyoto
Little jizo statue among fallen maple leaves, Enko-ji temple, Kyoto
Tsukubai water basin with autumn decoration, Enko-ji temple, Kyoto
Tsukubai water basin with autumn decoration, Enko-ji temple, Kyoto
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