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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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  • The temples in Mount Hiei are considered the guardian for the ancient capital-Kyoto which started the establishment more then 1200 years ago. It’s a good place for sightseeing and hiking while learnin...  more »
  • Mid-11 went on foot to the Summit that leaves a number of tourists have not come to a blossoms and identified gloves don't want the cold Frost peaks are slippery places is a return route in the aftermath of the recent strong winds quite large trees walking route lying on and It seems is not unavoidable maintenance is required. Some trees lying in limbo.
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  • High point antenna of TV stations, climbed the mountain from the back of the Enryaku-ji Temple Amida-Dou is the Summit of Mt. Hiei (large Hiei) 848 m. Oyama was expecting great vistas, just without a prospect, thick like will be disappointed.
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