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Address: 4220 Sakamoto-honmachi, Otsu 520-0116, Shiga Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 77-578-0001
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The roots of Buddah.

World cultural heritage Site. So zen place. Where the Buddhism is born and spread all over japan around 700 BC. In Mont Hiei. In Sakamoto mountains near Kyoto. Take Sakamoto... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

World cultural heritage Site. So zen place. Where the Buddhism is born and spread all over japan around 700 BC. In Mont Hiei. In Sakamoto mountains near Kyoto. Take Sakamoto, Eizan cable.lonelyness a delight. Take deep breath, the air is so pure.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Coming from Kyoto station, it just took around 15 mins. to get to Hieizansakamoto station. I came a bit late and there seemed to be no buses present so I asked an English guy who drove up the station in a Jaguar. It turns out he lives in the area and offered me a lift to the cable car station.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

To me, having been to Kyoto 3 times, it is the highlight of all of the trips I have taken to the Kyoto area. I will visit it again, each and every time I have the opportunity to come.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It is a 15 minutes drive from Kyoto. You can get there by either drive, cable car, train or bus Keihan 56A(check for updates). This place is the origin of buddhism in Japan before it spread. It about 1200 years old.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Located north-east of Kyoto is Mt Hei and slightly below its summit is the massive Enrakyu-ji Temple. In the 1300's Hie zan was covered with buddhist temples manned by warrier priests who raided Kyoto on an all to regular basis. Finally the great warlord Oda, Nobunaga had his fill of it marched his army up the mountain and burned all... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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