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A temple alive
with real Zen monastic practice

Eiheiji, "The Temple of Eternal Peace", is one of the two head temples of Soto Zen. It is located deep in the mountains, near the northwest coast of Japan, not far from Fukui City. This temple was founded by Zen Master Dōgen in 1244. He was offered land and other help for this by Yoshishige Hatano, a samurai who was one of his most devoted lay followers. Dōgen thus founded Eiheiji, where he devoted himself to training his followers in the perfection of Zen practice in every action of daily life. Dōgen Zenji's authentic Zen has been scrupulously observed and passed down by his successors. Still today, at Eiheiji over one hundred monks devote themselves wholeheartedly to his practice of shikantaza ("single-minded sitting").
In order to protect our traditional monastic practice and environment, we ask all visitors to follow our rules.

All visitors, even those who come only for sightseeing, are received and are expected to behave with respect as participants in religious activities.

  1. Please wear neat, modest clothing, suitable for a place of religious practice.
  2. Be quiet all times, especially in the zazen, lecture, and ceremony halls.
  3. When walking, either indoors or outdoors, always keep to the left.
  4. Do not touch the bells, drums, other instruments or altar furnishings.
  5. Smoking is prohibited except in areas specifically posted for smoking.
  6. Photographing the priests and monks is prohibited.
  7. Visitors who are intoxicated or who cause a nuisance will not be permitted to enter the temple, nor to remain in the entrance hall of the temple.
  8. Do not step into the gardens, but remain on the wooden corridor.

We hope your trip to Eiheiji will be a memorable experience for you.
Thank you for your consideration.


July 1, 2019 
One-night stay Sanzen program for those who want to practice zazen more intensively has started. Please see the details.
May 27, 2019 
Accepting applications of IZW 2nd program 2019 has finished, because the number of applicants has reached the limit.
Apr 10, 2019 
Any reservations for Sanro Program until the end of August 2019 are not able to accept caused by no vacancy. Please see the details.
Feb 8, 2019 
Accepting applications of IZW Beginner’s program 2019 has finished, because the number of applicants has reached the limit.
Nov 15, 2018 
Applications for IZW program 2019: see the schedule.
Oct 1, 2018 
Accepting applications of 2nd IZW Sesshin program 2018 has finished, because the number of applicants has reached the limit.
May 21, 2018 
An English version of the website is now available.


Eiheiji is not just a tourist spot. Since 1244 and down to this very day, its halls have been filled with the sincere atmosphere of Zen practitioners unceasingly carrying out the Buddha’s teachings as they were transmitted by Zen Master Dōgen. You too can stay and practice zazen here, through the programs we provide.



A Zen monastery has often been likened to a forest, where the monks practice like trees and grasses growing together in peace and harmony. At Eiheiji, we devote ourselves to an ongoing wholehearted effort in accordance with the teachings of Zen Master Dōgen, the founder of Eiheiji.


Zen Village

A redevelopment project is now in progress in front of Eiheiji. A new hotel marks a collaboration between the three parties of Daihonzan Eiheiji, Fukui Prefecture and Eiheiji Town.



Opening Hours

8:00 - 17:30
(May - Oct)
8:30 - 17:00
(Nov - Apr)

** Open all year round EXCEPT January 1st.
** The hours may vary according to the monastic schedule.

Admission Fees

- Adult: 500 yen
- Elementary and junior high school students: 200 yen
- Seven years old or under: free

** If you need assistance because of a physical disability, please ask at the reception desk.


Vermillion-Red Seal

Goshuin is a traditional document certifying that you have visited a temple or shrine. It is written in Japanese calligraphy and stamped. You can choose either a prepared goshuin certificate, or have it written in a notebook (also available for purchase here).

Opening Hours

8:00 - 16:30

If you would like to have your goshuin written in a notebook, please note that it will take a while to be prepared (about 30 minutes). So please order your goshuin before taking a look around the temple. If you finish your tour after our opening hours (after 16:30), your notebook will be returned to the main reception counter.
- Prepared goshuin certificate: 300 yen *1
- Handwritten in your notebook: 300 yen *2
- Goshuin notebook: 1,500 yen

*1 Ready on payment
*2 Ready in about 30 minutes

See More Information

5-15 Shihi Eiheiji-cho Yoshida-gun Fukui-ken 910-1228, Japan
Tel : 0776-63-3188
/ Fax : 0776-63-3631

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