A&E on the World Heritage Train East 2009 travel blog

Eihei-ji Temple

Eihei-ji Temple

Eihei-ji - zen temple in the woods

Eihei-ji Temple

Spring at Eihei-ji Temple

Eihei-ji Temple

Pagoda at Eihei-ji Temple

Eihei-ji Temple

Another of those kiddy Buddhas they have all over Japan (an Erica...

Eihei-ji Temple

Eihei-ji (an Erica pic)

Eihei-ji Temple

Eihei-ji (an Erica pic)

Eihei-ji Temple

Eihei-ji Temple

Gold house


The other reason we came to Kanazawa was to do the Zen Buddhist thing, specifically to visit Eihei-ji near Fukui, one of the top Zen temples in Japan. I`m just glad we`re not staying there like Erica originally wanted to! However, we had a really nice time there, and I think it was my favourite Japanese temple by a long way. I thought Zen meant living in a damp cave eating nuts in the dark, but the temple was a huge, sprawling, wooden and highly attractive complex in a magnificent forest. There were hundreds if not thousands of people there (though we were the only Westerners suprisingly), but it was still absolutely gorgeous. We were lucky enough to see this amazing service of some kind too, highly ritualised, often very slow, but looking great.

We were back in Kanazawa mid-afternoon, so reserved our Hiroshima train seats for tomorrow and walked over to the Kazue-machi and Higashi Geisha districts, basically more streets of lovely old houses and stunningly expensive posh shops. Kanazawa is famous for gold leaf, and one shop was all gold, gold, gold! including gold-leaf coated buns, etc. It had a storehouse in the garden covered inside and out in gold too.



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