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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5.02 weeks ago
Unmissable if you are in Kyoto. Make the effort to see the grounds and temple area. Peaceful and picturesque from every angle.
5.0a month ago
The temple is going through a massive restoration. It has been completely enclosed in a steel framed building but you are able to tour the temple. Just remember to take off your shoes when you see the posted signs. Pictures are only allowed on the stage area outside the temple bit inside the steel building.
5.02 months 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.
5.0a month ago
Beautiful temples and nature. There is so much history here. Definitely worth a visit!
5.03 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.