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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Otsu

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Historic Walking Area Religious Site
Head up the mountain to find Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, a Tendai Buddhist monastery acting as the headquarters of the Tendai sect, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 788 CE, the monastery's founding father, Saicho, was responsible for introducing the Tendai sect to Japan, and many other influential monks have studied here. Involved in many of the power struggles that defined feudal Japan, the buildings were destroyed in 1571, with most of the current buildings dating back to the early Edo period. Use our Otsu vacation planner to add Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple and other attractions to your Otsu vacation plans.
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  • We went by bus from Kyoto station. Where bus clutch is difficult along the way, but there was parting in between the drivers, good technique. Noticed the Enryaku-ji Temple in about an hour, but in the root Temple is under construction, had been big sheet appearance. During their visit was possible, so slowly I visited. Wind also pulled out the Enryaku-ji Temple is hot when the weather is good, left Kyoto, but is very comfortable.
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  • First visit to Mt. Hiei. Mt. Hiei has a history of more than 1300 years. Root in major repair in Chapel as was the entrance to the Interior is possible. East of Sakamoto cable from the back by bus to Kyoto station nonstop descended. National Treasure Museum Tour and, at the Summit restaurant for buckwheat noodles and got.
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  • Big vermilion Temple nestled in the wooded Mt. Hiei, Holy Kannon bosatsu are enshrined in the temple. You can stage building mimics the ship Hall is said to be, and circling around the temple porch, and enjoy the scenery.
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