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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

4220 Sakamoto Hommachi, Otsu 520-0116, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-578-0001
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For temple/ shrine lovers

Im not a fan of temples and shrines but this place was pretty calming., it was bit crowded when i... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
Shirleymagne O
via mobile
Scenic temples...

I visited the temples after I hiked up to Mt. Hiei. The whole thing is divided in 3 locations, two... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
Locarno, Switzerland
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4220 Sakamoto Hommachi, Otsu 520-0116, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-578-0001
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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Im not a fan of temples and shrines but this place was pretty calming., it was bit crowded when i went but there are things to appreciate around the area :)

Thank Shirleymagne O
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I visited the temples after I hiked up to Mt. Hiei. The whole thing is divided in 3 locations, two of them relatively near to each other. The temples themselves weren't so impressive. On the other hand, the location and the view from the temples...More

1  Thank ziobilly2015
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Enryakuji Temple I believe is one of the most relaxing temple visits in any World Heritage sites designated in Kyoto. If the sea of tourists in any temple or place in Kyoto wear you off, Enryakuji Temple is the zen. Enryakuji Temple sits in Mt....More

1  Thank Morago22b
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Situated on a mountain a short drive from Kyoto, Enryaku-ji is actually a complex of several temples situated at various point on a road that goes up Hieizan mountain. The drive up the mountain is beautiful and there are several places to stop and view...More

2  Thank PaulTfromEastCoastC
Reviewed 18 December 2016

Technically, this temple is not situated in Kyoto. From Kyoto train station, you need to travel about 45 minutes in bus to go to this temple. The Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple was built about 1200 years ago, when some monks were asked by the Emperor who...More

1  Thank KWC2012
Reviewed 14 October 2016

I don't even want to speculate about the religious corruption/complacency that has allowed this place to fester into an ugly mess. Wires and electricity poles everywhere. Cars and vans parked at the foot of the temples. Peeling paint. Stained concrete bases of temples. Vending machines...More

1  Thank mountainwater2014
Reviewed 31 July 2016

This place is surprisingly good, the temple is located on the mountain, you can take a cable car with a few walk to go there. The scenery is nice and the historical is nice too.

1  Thank Enikuse
Reviewed 3 July 2016

If you know the history of Hieizan, how it was besieged and burned down by Oda Nobunaga in 1571 vowing to destroy all lives on this mountain, visiting this world-heritage site brings a much deeper sense of appreciation of it importance and tranquility. We visited...More

1  Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 5 May 2016

I mistook it as just an ordinary monastery like the other and arrived too late for the first time around 4pm. Discovering that Hieizan, a World Cultural Heritage Site since 1994, consists actually of different zones of visiting places covering a whole mountain I decided...More

1  Thank SWPanting
Reviewed 4 May 2016

The temple locates in near-by Shiga Prefecture and takes good one hour trip from central Kyoto. The temple is very huge and occupies three locations in a big mountain. They are connected by shuttle but it runs only every 30 minutes. Also it stops at...More

3  Thank gehararigo
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14 May 2016|
Response from SWPanting | Reviewed this property |
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