Ekan Ikeguchi (池口恵観, born November 15, 1936) is a Shingon Buddhist priest, currently the abbot of Saifukuji in Kagoshima. He holds a doctorate in medicine from Yamaguchi University and is a renowned expert in the goma fire ritual. He has spoken at Harvard University and performed a ritual at the World Trade Center site in October 2001. Ikeguchi recently returned to the United States in November 2012 to preside over the goma fire ritual in Los Angeles to commemorate Koyasan Buddhist Temple's 100th anniversary.
In 1961 he was arrested for attempting a coup d'etat on the Japanese government.
Since becoming abbot of Saifukuji he installed a shrine to North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. He frequently travels to North Korea, explaining that it is his way of apologizing for the brutality of Korea under Japanese rule. On the death of Kim Jong Il, he said, "I am overcome with sadness to hear of the passing of His Majesty Great Leader Kim Jong Il."
- デヴィ夫人らが訪朝 金日成主席の記念行事出席、産経新聞、2012年4月11日
- 「日朝関係の好転は難しい」…先月訪朝した池口恵観大僧正、中央日報 2009年10月15日