Temples and shrines


Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

The Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple is a place to pray for world peace. It is also a place of learning and training of talented individuals and is revered as the "mother mountain of Japanese Buddhism" because of the great many high priests from each sect of Japanese Buddhism who gathered on the mountain. Mt. Hiei is located on the border of Kyoto and Shiga Prefecture. The east side faces Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, and the west side faces Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto. With its beautiful natural environment and 1,200 years of history and tradition, Mt. Hiei is renowned the world over and was recorded as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in Heisei 6 (1994). The easiest access to Mount Hiei is via the Sakamoto Cable or the Hieizan Driveway, where you can leisurely explore various temples, historical landmarks, and nature.

ADDRESS 4220 Sakamotohonmachi, Otsu, Shiga
ACCESS On foot: 20-minute walk from JR Hieizan Sakamoto Station
or a 10-minute walk from Keihan Sakamoto Station (East Hall)
By car: 40-minute drive from the Meishin Kyoto Interchange to West Otsu bypass - Hieizan Driveway (surcharge) (East Hall)
TEL 077-578-0001
OPENING HOURS March to November: 8:30 - 16:30,
December: 9:00 - 16:00,
January to February: 9:00- 16:30
FEE 700 yen for adults (600 yen for groups of more than 20 people)
*three-story pagoda common ticket
URL http://www.hieizan.or.jp//_att/english.pdf