Enryakuji Temple

Sightseeing information about Enryakuji Temple in Japan.


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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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4.02 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.

4.04 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).

5.0a month ago

Stunning temple complex. Worth reading up on the history of the warrior monks who lived here prior to Oda nobunaga burning the place to the ground as makes it much more compelling to wander around.

5.0a month ago

A UNESCO World Heritage, this place also offers a superb view of Lake Biwako

5.0a month ago

Cool silent majestic remote place.

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