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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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  • I have visited Enryakuji temple , also walking trails . I went there by bus also cable car from Keihan Sakamoto station eaither. 
  • After it had come earlier, after climbing from Sakamoto, this time over the 3 places of the Enryakuji Temple. First of all, to the Tower began in the East Tower. It is a little distance to Yokogawa. The mystical experiences along the ridges of the middle way, goes through the body in the wind. Pleasant experience. From Yokogawa, on the bus back to the East Tower.
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  • Mount Hiei is in the northeast area in Kyoto, which can oversee both Kyoto and Biwa lake. Temples in Hiei were once a key symbol of Buddism, and the guardian of Japan that suppressed the evil in Kyoto...  more »