World Heritage: Enryakuji Temple4.5
In the mountain range to the east of Kyoto, the vast compound of Enryakuji Tmeple spread on the slopes of Mount Hieizan (848m). The temple was founded in the 8th century by Saicho and is the headquarters of the Tendai school of Buddhism he established. In the history of Japanese Buddhism, this place served as the most important monasteries where, later years, many high-ranking priests studied here to create new religious movements.
You will find getting there is half the delight, with the cablecar from Sakamoto Station offering superb views of Lake Biwa and green woodland. The complex are divided into three major areas - Todo (east area), Saito (west area) and Yokawa. Todo has the Main Hall (Kompon Chudo), the huge subsided prayer area, where you will definitely feel the sacred and serene atmosphere. A several kilometers of walk in the forest takes you to the Yokawa precinct.
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4.0a week ago
This was something I have wanted to do for a while. It was under construction, though, so it wasn't completely accessible. Still the process of renovation was interesting in itself. Really worth the trip to go inside, where they are still holding service even under construction.
5.03 weeks ago
I visited this place in four days ago. This place was extremely awesome with some old shrine and temple buildings side by side.
5.02 weeks ago
Hiked to this temple on the Kyoto Isshu trail. Nice temple in a vibrant redorange color :) the soba noodles are delicious!
4.04 months ago
Nice trip outside Kyoto. Beautiful to walk around. You can also go up to the top of Mt Hiei but there's no view though.
4.05 months ago
A nice escape from the city. A collection of temples in three sites on the mountains close to Kyoto. Quiet and cool, nice walks. There are buses between the three major sites, if you don't want to walk (as far as I understood, these do not run year-round).