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I approached the climb up Mt Hiei from the Kirarazaka. There is very little written anywhere about walking up Mt Hiei, let alone this approach. MOst people take the Sakamoto cable car up the hill. But I wanted to experience what the Tendai monks would...More
Date of experience: May 2016
1 Thank Billy C
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.