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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

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Address: 4220 Sakamoto-honmachi, Otsu 520-0116, Shiga Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 77-578-0001

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Amazing history and autumn foliage

If you know the history of Hieizan, how it was besieged and burned down by Oda Nobunaga in 1571 vowing to destroy all lives on this mountain, visiting this world-heritage site... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Daniel H
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you know the history of Hieizan, how it was besieged and burned down by Oda Nobunaga in 1571 vowing to destroy all lives on this mountain, visiting this world-heritage site brings a much deeper sense of appreciation of it importance and tranquility. We visited in October where autumn foliage in full bloom, with amazing colours all around. Highly recommend... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

I mistook it as just an ordinary monastery like the other and arrived too late for the first time around 4pm. Discovering that Hieizan, a World Cultural Heritage Site since 1994, consists actually of different zones of visiting places covering a whole mountain I decided to visit a second time early in the morning and spent a few hours there.... More 

Thank SWPanting
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The temple locates in near-by Shiga Prefecture and takes good one hour trip from central Kyoto. The temple is very huge and occupies three locations in a big mountain. They are connected by shuttle but it runs only every 30 minutes. Also it stops at 4 pm ! This means you need to leave Kyoto early. It is definitely worth... More 

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Sakado, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

I wasn't told this before I went there, but I wish I had been. My initial plan was to get off at the closest station to the trailhead, hike up to the temple complex and walk down on the other side to Lake Biwa. I paid a short visit to Sekizanzenin and I was lame to find the trailhead, so... More 

Thank Erik T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This place can be a great one day side trip from Kyoto. We were there when NHK was filming a video during new year and we were able to take night walks as the entire compound was lit up quite well

Thank Cleetsang
Acton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

It takes a bit of effort to get there by public transport, but it is more than worth the work. The views during the cable car ride alone are amazing and the 25 minute hike down to the temple sets the tone for the visit. It is often that a gong is heard in the distance, and it gets louder... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Please note: the cable car you need to ride to access this temple closes pretty early so it's best to visit this site in the morning so you're not rushed!! I made that mistake the first time I went and didn't have time to visit all the buildings on the main grounds. If you want sweeping views of Lake Biwa... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Located in the heart of nature, the place takes you to an altogether different world. One has to walk a bit but its worth it. Particularly impressed with the lanterns which are burning since so many centuries.

Thank sanjaymehta503
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We took a Keihan bus from JR Kyoto station for about 40 minutes and enjoyed wonderful views of Lake Biwa and Otsu city and then arrived at Enryaku-ji Bus Center. From the bus stop, we easily reached the center temple called "Konponchudo." This Temple Complex is located almost at the top of the mountain called Hiei, and so it is... More 

Thank 八千代 西
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

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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