This temple, founded in 853, originally was a "kangakuin" which means an educational institution for the nobility. Many young students from the nobility used to live here here to study in those years. A head priest named "Eikan" largely contributed to the prosperity of this temple at the beginning of the 12th century. Since then, this temple has been also called "Eikan-do" meaning Eikan's temple. There are so many scenic spots for autumn leaves in Kyoto, that a lot of visitors rush there in November. As this temple is very much noted for autumn foliage, red maple in particular, these beautiful colored leaves are lit up in the night during peak season. The several major buildings of this temple, connected to each other by corridors, stand in the slanting ground at the foot of Higashiyama mountain. The visitors can enjoy the colored maple leaves while walking on the open corridors.
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