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After a day battling crowds at the sights in the city, it was a wonderful and refreshing and much quieter getaway to this temple complex on top of a mountain with beautiful views. It's a bit of effort to get there (you take a train...More
The cable car ride from Cable Sakamoto Station to Cable Enryakuji Station passed through some lovely wooded area. Immediately outside Cable Enryakuji Station the various views of Lake Biwa were absolutely picturesque.
Explored firstly To-do area as it was nearer from the station and then...More
We took the Sakamoto Cable Car which was a scenic ride and visited a few of the Enryakuji temples which had beautiful orange red structures. Locals rang the bell at the top to pray for good luck in the year ahead. Some parts had long...More
We took the train from Kyoto for a day trip and rode the cable car up before wandering around the temples.
There are several temples and shrines but the stand-out was the main hall. It’s currently being renovated so is encased in what looks like...More
This is quite a remarkable place. Very accessible from Kyoto's centre, Mount Hiei has both nature and religion with the summit being Tendai Buddhism's home. There are paths to hike up to the top, or there is also a cable car. The hike is wonderful...More
So it was a Sunday. We wanted a break from the maddening crowds of Kyoto's usual attractions.
This was it. Think we were the only foreigners that we saw for a change. Naturally, it is not the most "spectacular" of Kyoto's attractions, but I honestly...More
In order to frustrate my wife, of course I planned a little adventure out to this joint. We went the long way by taking the Karasuma Line out to Kyoto International Convention Centre, but took a taxi to Takaragaike Station to take the trip up...More
Mount Hiei is the highlight of my recent Kyoto trip. My friend and I took the Eizan train at Demachiyanagi Station (Keihan line from Kyoto Station). It was a new train with an 'Oval' and aerodynamic body. We alighted at Yase-Hieizanguchi station. The easiest way...More
Enryaku Ji is rather a village of temples and its a pleasure to hike between the main spots.
The easiest way getting there from Kyoto station is by bus line 57 that leaves from bus stop C6. Line up in the line for Hiei as...More
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
district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.