Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple Area
Located around 30-minutes by bus from Fukui Station, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple is one of the most rewarding destinations in Japan. Founded in 1244 by the Buddhist scholar Dogen Zenji, Daihonzan Eihei-ji is one of Japan’s most impressive temple complexes – comprising 70 structures connected by covered walkways. Eihei-ji is one of two main temples of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism in Japan, functioning as a training monastery for more than two hundred resident monks and nuns.
Set in a tranquil rural enclave and within a verdant forest, the temple is a popular destination for Japanese visitors largely unknown to international travelers. The large temple complex is adjoined by a small and pleasant town with a couple of accommodation options in the form of traditional guesthouses – a great option for visitors wanting to enjoy an extended period exploring the temple.