Eikan-do 永観堂, officially called Zenrin-ji Temple 禅林寺 has a collection of amazing outside corridors connecting several temple buildings alongside a cliff. At first, it goes around some important small rooms bordered by beautiful gardens. We walk forward on the singing floorboards that are very enjoyable to walk upon and listen to. The long corridors look like a maze that turn left, right, and left. Eventually, it branches at the “Suikinkutsu 水琴窟” (water harp cave), and goes up in to two directions. The left side steps lead us to a cliffside building through curved corridors. The view from the top is fantastic. The right side steps go to Amida-do Hall 阿弥陀堂 where the temple's famous Amitabha Buddha statue is enshrined. Take a look at a video of the garden and pagoda here.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。