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Mount Hiei

Address: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #95 of 383 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Mountains, Cultural
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Unlike others, we took the train from Kyoto (one transfer) to get to the base of the mountain which was about a 30 minute ride. We than took a bus to the cable car as it was quite an uphill walk however we did walk back to the train station from the cable car as it was all downhill. From... More

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London, United Kingdom
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98 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Mount Hiei is about 1.5 hour by bus from Kyoto Station (seasonal schedule) and it contains three groups of temples called To-Do, Sai-Do and Yokawa, spread out over a large area. There is a shuttle bus linking all three sites making a day trip covering the entire site possible. The main temple is Konpon Chudo (To-Do), the home Inextinguishable Dharma... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Just get on the bus at Kyoto, about 50 min ride, it will bring you to the peak. Of coz you can choose to alight at Enryaku-ji. At the peak there is a Garden Museum (1000 Yen), inside is very very beautiful and well maintained with nice autumn colours. However there is limited choice of food, only a cafe selling... More

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Japão
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This place is huge and almost unbelievable. Enormous temples that can be found in three different complex of buildings in the mountain. It took a half day to visit the Enryakuji complex and probably another two days to see the others. The cable car was big and beutiful and you can have a full view of the Lake Biwa too.... More

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Brisbane
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

Kyoto can get hot and humid in the summer; mt hiei is a lovely relief from city heat. Easy to find, two trains and about 45 mins from central kyoto. The cable car and gondola up the mountain itself are fun and scenic. I was there on a weekday, and there were only a handful of other people there: very... More

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sydney
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Hiei-san and Enryaku-ji Temple are my favourite memory in Kyoto trip. Anyone want to visit Hiei-san should spare at least half a day for it. In my case, we used cable car, rope way and spent another 45 min bush walk to reach the temple so it was over half a day for us (but worthwhile!). Enryaku-ji is the mountain... More

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Tokyo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

This mountain is about a 1-hour trip from Kyoto and is well worth it. There is a complex of temples at the top and you can continue out the back of the complex onto some beautiful trails that take you to more temples. The main temple, Enryakuji, is unlike any temple I have have ever been to (I have lived... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

You can can get to the top in 2 or 3 ways, either hiking or cable car, from the Shiga or Kyoto sides. The temples are nice, but the view is fantastic.

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Seattle, Washington
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

The tour I was on made a stop here for a short afternoon hike up the nearby trail before heading down to Otsu for the Great Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival. Despite the August heat, it was a very scenic hike and we had great views of the countryside below. The road directly from Kyoto to here was very winding and... More

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