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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5.0in the last week

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

4.0a week 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.

5.0a month ago

An absolutely beautiful day trip even during the rain. We took the Sakamoto Cable Car up on the Shiga side. Then we walked around all the temples and then over to the Kyoto side of the mountain before going down. These temples are absolutely stunning in appearance!

5.03 months 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

Unmissable if you are in Kyoto. Make the effort to see the grounds and temple area. Peaceful and picturesque from every angle.

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