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

Beautiful monastery complex in the mountain. Well presented with a lot of information in English. Take your time, enjoy the mountain hike and explore all the different site.

5.02 months ago

So this is the Temple where the monks of Mt. Hiei resided. It was great to visit here. This is the place where the warrior monks lived before and after the Genpei War. The architecture is phenomenal. It has stunning views. The bell here creates a sense of calm when you ring it. It feels like traveling through time, as if you are in some other dimension. So happy I visited this place. If you are Japanese history enthusiast, this is highly recommended.

4.03 months 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

It was a sublime experience. Incredible beautiful old Buddhist temples in the middle of a mountain forest.

4.03 weeks ago

Beautiful place, lots of stairs and walking though

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