Eiheiji Suzakumon Gate

Eiheiji (永平寺) is a small town in Fukui prefecture famous for its impressive temple bearing the same name.


Located midst of mountains, east of Fukui city, the town is renowned for Eiheiji Temple, which was established in 1244 by Zen Master Dogen (道元禅師 Dōgen Zenji). Survived through a number of disasters and wars in its 700-year history, the temple remains one of the most respected sanctuaries to Zen Buddhist monks in Japan.

A famous poem by Dogen goes:

To study the way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget self is to be enlightened by all things.
To be enlightened by all things is to remove the obstacles between oneself and others.

Get in

Eiheiji is located about 15 km from Fukui City; either take a direct bus from Fukui Station (6 daily, 30 min, 720¥) or a train to Eiheiji-Guchi (25min, 440¥) and then a connecting bus (15min, 410¥). Keifuku Bus operates Eiheiji Liner (永平寺ライナー), a 30-min direct bus service (6 daily, 30 min, 720¥) from the bus stop of Keifuku located in front of the east exit of Fukui Station.

It's possible to leave Kanazawa (north) or Kyoto (southwest) in the early morning by train and get to the temple by noon. Ask the bus driver to notify you when you arrive; there are several stops called "Eiheiji-something", which can be confusing.






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