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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

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A few days in heaven

Western Buddhist but long-time practitioner, I could not go to Kyoto without making a small retreat... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2019
Montreal, Canada
A World Heritage

We visited this temple on our way to Biwako. We went up the Hieizan by the cable car and reached... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Meow T
Hong Kong, China
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4220 Sakamoto Hommachi, Otsu 520-0116, Shiga Prefecture
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

Western Buddhist but long-time practitioner, I could not go to Kyoto without making a small retreat of three days in this high place of the origins of Japanese Buddhism. Very famous place, and strongly revered by all the Japanese met during my trip. Despite the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

We visited this temple on our way to Biwako. We went up the Hieizan by the cable car and reached the temple by bus. The temple is a Unesco World Heritage site. It covers three areas but we only visited part of it. The main...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

Many historic temples up here, along with newer ones as well, but it is the landscape, with majestic trees and open vistas, that make this a very special place, one that feels a lot less crowded than most of the world heritage sites of Kyoto....More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Although Japan has a lot of temples and shrines I liked this area a lot because of the scenery. First we went to Sakamoto station and from there with the cable car to Enryakuji. At the entrance you can buy a ticket for the three...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately we can’t see entire the building of national treasure because it is under construction by 2026. But we could see national treasure event. There were many majestic Buddhism statues. 残念ながら、現在、根本中堂は改修工事中です。2026年まで終わらないようです。そのかわり、国宝展を見ました。国宝展は入り口すぐの建物ですので、オススメです。沢山の威厳のある仏像がありました。

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Enjoy riding a cable car up to the mountain. The temple is beautiful and worth spending time looking around. I found some melt snow on the side of the mountain and roadside on the day I went there.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

The temple is located on Hieizan mountain,Otsu city which is not far from Kyoto. I drove car to visit the temple, anyway there is cable car with a short walk to reach the temple. The temple area is quiet with fresh air. I could feel...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Juntasinee
Reviewed June 10, 2018

This is a great day trip from Kyoto. Three types of train travel and beautiful forested surroundings make this a different sort of temple experience. It has enough changes in elevation to make this a slightly challenging hike. The main building, which houses the 1200...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Bob_Smith_3
Reviewed April 23, 2018

Although front of main temple was under renovation, limited access was permitted. There's a sense of holiness on entire grounds and it's isolated, luxurious location makes it more appealing. The main avenue to Cable Car is quite charming too. Worth a side trip from Lake...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Imelda A
Reviewed December 21, 2017

Spending a day here can make you understand easily how some commit their lives to Zen meditation in a place like this. It is massive and absolutely beautiful. Long hikes between different parts of the complex, and a limited bus service, so if you are...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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They have a very nice accommodation property right at the central part of the temple in the mountain, adjacent to the many architectural treasures. I think it would be very nice. Here is the website but it's only in... More