Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Otsu

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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. PutHieizan Enryaku-ji Temple into our Otsu trip itinerary builder site and find out whats close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is the birthplace of buddism. It is located on top of a mountain. Easy to get to. Train and then bus which takes u to a cable car (longest cable car in japan. 2.1kms) costs 1600y for return...  more »
  • Western Buddhist but long-time practitioner, I could not go to Kyoto without making a small retreat of three days in this high place of the origins of Japanese Buddhism. Very famous place, and...  more »
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