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Mount Hiei, Kyoto

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Mount Hiei is a mountain to the northeast of Kyoto, lying on the border between the Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures, Japan.The temple of Enryaku-ji, the first outpost of the Japanese Tendai (Chin. Tiantai) sect of Buddhism, was founded atop Mount Hiei by Saichō in 788. Hōnen, Nichiren, and Shinran all studied at the temple before leaving to start their own practices.The temple complex was razed by Oda Nobunaga in 1571 to quell the rising power of the Tendai's warrior monks (sōhei), but it was rebuilt and remains the Tendai headquarters to this day.The Imperial Japanese Navy 19th Century corvette Hiei was named after this mountain, as was the more famous World War II-era battleship, the latter having initially been built as a battlecruiser.Mount Hiei in folkloreMount Hiei has featured in many folk tales over the ages. Originally it was thought to be the home of gods and demons of Shinto lore, although it is predominantly known for the Buddhist monks that come from the temple of Enryaku-ji.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Must see if you are interested in Buddhism...very historical place....very scenic location....many ancient Buddhist Halls and temples...Many important and famous monks studied at Mt. Hiei (Hiei-zan) t...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Kyoto City where I go look up and locate Mt. Hiei. Like somehow, being watched over, such as it is. Nice views overlooking the Lake because it was clear from Kyoto station entered the Mt. Hiei in the flesh, from the right side of the bus. Yamauchi a shuttle bus to visit yokokawa of Enryaku-ji Temple, Tower and the East Tower and then going down in the Sakamoto cable, visited the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, was a day-long.
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  • September 13, 2017
    I visited Mt Hiei starting from Kyoto/Shugakuin. I went up on foot, so I cannot give any info about the cable car. The hike is not to difficult, the signs are mostly complete (there are some moment of...  more »

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