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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 56 Attractions in Otsu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Aix-en-Provence, France
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The mount Hiei is north-east of Kyoto (about an hour by JR train), near the city of Otsu and the Biwa lake. Getting there should also be part of the trip: the Sakamoto cable-car is the longest in Japan and will take you up the mountain through the forest, the windows are large and can be opened to take wonderful... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We walked up from Shugkuin (hike detailed elsewhere online) and it was worth the effort. It only took 2 hours to go all the way up and the temples are spectacular. Only problem was that there is quite a bit of walking between the temple sites and we were a bit footsore, so it might have been best to go... More

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Chicago Illinois
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92 reviews 92 reviews
33 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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131 helpful votes 131 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
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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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144 reviews 144 reviews
59 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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