[Mt. Hiei Enryakuji Temple]
A vast holy place of esoteric Buddhism, which protects the ancient capital and has produced many eminent monks
This temple, situated to the northeast of Kyoto, overlooking the city to the west and Lake Biwa to the east, was founded by Saicho in 788 A.D. to protect the ancient capital from evil. Enryakuji Temple is the collective name for all the halls in three stupa areas and 16 valleys, including To-do, Sai-to and Yogawa, and its vast area has a perimeter of about 100 km. It is also referred to as the mother mountain of Japanese Buddhism, as it was a base for the Tendai sect of esoteric Buddhism that produced many eminent monks. The precincts are designated as historic sites, and have many national treasures and important cultural properties, including the Konpon Chu-do and Dai Ko-do Halls. Registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
|Address||Sakamoto Honmachi 4220, Otsu City, Shiga|
|Phone||+81-77-578-0001 (Japanese only)|
|Hours||To-do area: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in December, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in January and February)
Sai-to / Yogawa areas: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in December, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in January and February)
* Worshipers are received up to 30 minutes before closing time.
|Fee||Admission fee 700 yen
Kokuho-den Hall 500 yen
|Access||Take the Kyoto Bus bound for Hiei-sancho from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 1 hour, and alight at "Enryakuji Bus Center"
* The bus journey time is only an estimate. The bus may be delayed or suspended depending on traffic conditions, etc.
updated on Mar 30, 2018
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