Enryakuji Temple

Sightseeing information about Enryakuji Temple in Japan.

World Heritage: Enryakuji Temple4.5

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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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5.0a month ago

Was there in early Nov... some rain before I got there... really pleasant and enjoyable walk in the mist of the typical Japanese cultural temple... wonderful experience...

5.04 weeks ago

Lovely Place.
The place around the temple is so clean.
The temple is located on the mountain that make the temple so Beautiful..

4.03 months ago

The grounds are lovely to walk around as the temples are set up a mountain in the forest overlooking the lake. You will see more spectacular temples that these, but it's an enjoyable place to get away from the crowds.

2.02 months ago

2018/4/10. Sakura almost fully fell. Donlt come for blossoms.

Bad traffic system. There are two different cable lines, kensai thru pass can only apply one of them, if you took wrong line you will spend quite fee.

Bus service ends around 16:00, japanese language only.
One cable line service end at 17:30 which station located in temple area (fee required).
Temple closed at 16:30.

Honestly, it was confusing and stressful while arriving late. Only visit when you have lots of time.

5.02 months ago

Wonderful round trip up the Yase side of Hieizan and down the Biwa side

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