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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

4220 Sakamoto-honmachi, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture 520-0116, Japan
+81 77-578-0001
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Ranked #1 of 45 attractions in Otsu
Type: Religious Sites
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Chicago Illinois
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86 reviews 86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Enryakuji is nestled in several locations in the eastern hills (Higashiyama) over Kyoto. Not easy to reach. We went from Daigoji southeast of Kyoto, north to Otsu, then west in winding roads up to the Enryakuji complex of temples. But it was worth the trip. Beautiful buildings, interesting history, much reconstruction (after all Oda destroyed all of it in the... More

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Orange, Australia
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177 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We didn't have much time for this temple, so visited only the Main Hall (Konponchudo), a national treasure. I am Japanese and have visited many Buddhist temples in Japan, but I have never seen more impressive Buddhist building than that. Highly recommended.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Excellent view from the top of the mountain. Be sure to go on a clear day. It is a nice walk through a wooded area. You pay for the tram ride.

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Sudbury, Canada
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59 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Well deserved Unesco registration. Very special, profound atmosphere. Not many tourists, more really devout boudhists visiting, even from other islands of Japan ( my Japanese guide overheard people from Kyushu and Hokkaido were touring while we were there). Boudhist monk gave gentle speech to one of the traveling groups. He was inspiring to watch and listen too, even if I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

If you are staying in Otsu, this place is really worth taking the time to explore. It was much less crowded than Kyoto, and we enjoyed the Sakamoto cable car to get to the site. Make sure you bring enough cash, as most restaurants didn't accept credit cards. The ramen and tofu restaurants in the area are supposed to be... More

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