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Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei

Otsu City


Boasting over 1200 years of history, this is Japan’s sacred spot for Buddhism

Mount Hiei linksKyoto and Shiga prefectures at a height of 848 meters, and Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei consists of 150 temples across the entire mountain. Although it is rare for a single place to have 150 temples, it is said that at its peak, Enryaku-ji Temple had 3,000 temples and shrines within its precincts. Originally, Enryaku-ji Temple was renowned as the head temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, founded 1,200 years ago by Saicho who studied Buddhism in the Tang Empire (current-day China). The highly regarded history and tradition led to the temple being designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the only such site in Shiga Prefecture.

  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo

Enjoy the different areas of Mount Hiei.

Because the scope of Mount Hiei is so large, and it takes considerable time to visit all the temples, it is often split into three areas. The To-do (East Pagoda) area is the central location and where Enryaku-ji Temple was first built, being home to Konpon-chudo, the main temple building, Daiko-do (the Great Lecture Hall), and Kokuhoden (National Treasure Hall). The Konpon-chudo area is home to the Eternal Light, a small lamp that has remained lit for over 1,200 years. The mysterious air of this unbroken tradition is a must-see. The Shaka-do is the focus of the Sai-to (West Pagoda) area, with its silent grove of beautiful cedar trees. The Yokawa-chudo is the center of the Yokawa area, known as a training area for revered Buddhist priests and the birthplace of O-mikuji fortune slips.

  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo

An amazing panorama from Japan’s longest cable car.

Make sure you don’t miss the ride up Mount Hiei via the Sakamoto Cable Car. The nostalgic station, train’s interior and panoramic view are popular not only with tourists but also with locals. This is Japan’s longest cable car at 2,025 meters, taking 11 minutes to climb. With a 580 meter difference in elevation, passing through tunnels and by bridges, you’re sure to enjoy the wealth of scenery changes. Autumn is the most popular time of the year for the cable car. Both Cable Sakamoto Station in the foothills of the mountain and Cable Enryakuji Station at the summit look the same as they did when the cable car was opened 80 years ago, and are designated Tangible Cultural Properties.

  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo
  • Enryaku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei's photo

For reference

Enyraku-ji Temple on Mount Hiei

  • Address
    4220 Sakamoto-Hommachi, Otsu-shi, Shiga-ken
  • Telephone
    077-578-0001
  • Hours
    [To-do (East Pagoda) area]
    March to November: 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
    December: 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
    January to February: 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
    [Sai-to (West Pagoda) and Yokawa areas]
    March to November: 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
    December: 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
    January to February: 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
  • Entrance fee
    700 yen for adults, 600 yen for junior and high school students, 500 yen for elementary students (separate fee for the National Treasure Hall)
  • Site

Access

Osaka International Airport is a 1 hour, 50 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
Osaka International Airport is a 1 hour flight from Haneda Airport.
Osaka International Airport is a 1 hour, 10 minute flight from Fukuoka Airport.
Osaka International Airport is a 1 hour, 10 minute flight from Kagoshima Airport.
Osaka International Airport is a 2 hour flight from Naha Airport.
Kyoto is a 55 minute ride by airport shuttle bus, and JR Hieizan Sakamoto Station is a 17 minute train ride from JR Kyoto Station by the Kosei Line (14 minutes on the Express train). From Hieizan Sakamoto Station take the Kojak Bus to Cable Sakamoto Station (7 min). From Cable Sakamoto Station to Enryakuji Station by Sakamoto Cable Car is 11 minutes. The temple is an 8 minute walk from Cable Enryakuji Station.

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