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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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 47.9km) Google Transit
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4.06 months ago
Extensive temple complex. Main temple was being renovated however this didn’t detract from the overall experience as there is plenty of other buildings to explore... food at the entrance cafe was good too
5.05 months ago
Note: the only access in winter is cable car Sakamoto or via bus! Don't try other cable cars unless you like dead ends.
Right now they are renovating so most of the temple is off limits. Still, the area has others and the view is unbeatable. Go.
5.05 months ago
Breathtaking views in a sacred mountain. Great place for Buddhist and to cleanse your mind.
5.09 months ago
World Heritage site off the beaten track! Located on Mt Hiei it’s one of the most important Buddhist temples in the area and used to be home to many historical figures and aristocrats. Because it’s not overly crowded you can experience the tranquility and beauty of the temple as well as the mountain scenery and forests. If you’re physically fit and into hiking you can walk up to the temple, otherwise there is a cable car station that brings you close to the temple complex. A perfect day trip to escape the crowded spots and soothe the soul for a day
4.09 months ago
Enryakuji temple is a off place for foreign tourists. The journey to the top is with amazing views. Do grab a window seat in the bus.
This temple is sacred place for Zen Buddhism as Marathon monks used to practice here.
The place is well maintained with English information available.
People who want to go deeper into Zen Buddhism history can make their way off from buzzing touristy attractions of Kyoto to Enryakuji.