The Four Seasons at Enkouji Temple

About Enkouji Temple

Enkouji Temple is a Zen temple founded by the great lord Tokugawa Ieyasu. The temple is home to many cultural assets, including a garden renowned for its moss and autumn leaves, and temple treasures associated with famous cultural figures.

Seasonal Zen terms


Kunpu minami yori kitaru

What is enlightenment?
The Zen monk Unmon said, “The eastern mountain moves over the water.” Engo, another monk, offered, “Kunpu jinanrai.”
The absence of self-assertion or judgement, and seeing matters as they are. The absolute non-self of the Zen practitioner who has eliminated contrasting distinctions.


13, Ichijojikotani-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city, 606-8147, Japan

By bus: Get on No.5 bus. A seven-minute walk after getting off at Ichijojisagarimatsu Stop

By train: Take the Eizan Railway Eizan line. A seventeen-minute walk after getting off at Ichijouji Station.

A 25-car parking lot available.

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