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Many temples and a nice hike

I visited Mt Hiei starting from Kyoto/Shugakuin. I went up on foot, so I cannot give any info about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Locarno, Switzerland
A moderately strenous and enchanting three hour hike

My original purpose in hiking Mt Hiei was to warm up for climbing Mt Fuji later that week. As it... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2017
New York City, New York
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“nice hike” (2 reviews)
“minute walk” (2 reviews)
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Northern Kyoto
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Mt Hiei starting from Kyoto/Shugakuin. I went up on foot, so I cannot give any info about the cable car. The hike is not to difficult, the signs are mostly complete (there are some moment of confusion, but I managed to get to...More

Thank ziobilly2015
Reviewed July 27, 2017

My original purpose in hiking Mt Hiei was to warm up for climbing Mt Fuji later that week. As it happened I found Hiei beautiful and in many ways every bit as captivating as Fuji. Mt Hiei offers an alternative to hiking - it has...More

2  Thank Kray16
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

This was really fun and we didn't see one other tourist. We would have never have found the trail head of it wasn't for a local walking us over and pointing it out. He also gVe us advice on which trail to take since he...More

Thank Angela V
Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

To get up Mount Hiei, if you are not fit enough to walk, take the Eizan line out of Kyoto to Yase-Hieizanguchi. This is a funny one-coach train, where at each stop the driver opens a counter and collects the fares. Then take the funicular...More

Thank johnnychips
Reviewed April 13, 2017

So we took the West side up the mountain, which consisted of a cable car and Gondola. We attempted to hike down but we got lost and hiked for several hours. It was beautiful, and this was one of my favorites parts of my Tokyo...More

1  Thank Ples R
Reviewed February 16, 2017

I have already written an extensive review about my walk up Mt Hiei. Please search Kirarazaka for my detailed recollection of adventures on the mountain. It is a must visit. Beautiful in vista and energy. You won't be disappointed!

2  Thank Billy C
Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

I have visited Enryakuji temple , also walking trails . I went there by bus also cable car from Keihan Sakamoto station eaither.

Thank Kyoto T
Reviewed October 30, 2016

Mount Hiei is in the northeast area in Kyoto, which can oversee both Kyoto and Biwa lake. Temples in Hiei were once a key symbol of Buddism, and the guardian of Japan that suppressed the evil in Kyoto. During Sengoku period (戦国時代), monks in Hiei...More

2  Thank edmundduck
Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

I went all the way to the top of Mount Hiei on the Eizan Electric Railway, Eizan Cable and Eizan Ropeway. The Eizan Cable and Eizan Ropeway are an experience on their own, great fun! Once at the top you can walk around for free...More

Thank Vineurocent
Reviewed May 2, 2016

I took the small train to go up the mountain and reached Enryaku ji. It was absolutly great: you can fell the spirit of the place, smelling incent while hearing the gong.

Thank isa312015
Northern Kyoto
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the
leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil
residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's
most gorgeous architectural gems, including the
majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene
artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the
bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji
Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
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