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Mount Hiei, Kyoto

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Mountain Religious Site
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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  • To get up Mount Hiei, if you are not fit enough to walk, take the Eizan line out of Kyoto to Yase-Hieizanguchi. This is a funny one-coach train, where at each stop the driver opens a counter and colle...  more »
  • So we took the West side up the mountain, which consisted of a cable car and Gondola. We attempted to hike down but we got lost and hiked for several hours. It was beautiful, and this was one of my fa...  more »
  • I have already written an extensive review about my walk up Mt Hiei. Please search Kirarazaka for my detailed recollection of adventures on the mountain. It is a must visit. Beautiful in vista and ene...  more »