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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 what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Maybe I was expecting too much from this mountain temple, but I found it underwhelming. There's not much to see, and what there is is sprawled out in a relatively large are, which is not particularly....  more
    Maybe I was expecting too much from this mountain temple, but I found it underwhelming. There's not much to see, and what there is is sprawled out in a relatively large are, which is not particularly....  more »
  • I wanted to see this temple because of its history as a residence of warrior monks before the Edo period. Their reign was ended by Oda Nobunaga and the temples were all destroyed so all the buildings....  more
    I wanted to see this temple because of its history as a residence of warrior monks before the Edo period. Their reign was ended by Oda Nobunaga and the temples were all destroyed so all the buildings....  more »
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  • This is a great facility for a historic Buddhism sect! This Historic sect was found more than 1000 years ago. This is the birth place of the historic one. There are many great buildings and temples in this facility. You can walk around to see all of it. The facility is large, located in some areas. You can get up from both Kyoto side and Shiga side. I recommend to get cable car from Shiga side. It takes less time. Enjoy!!
  • The grounds are lovely to walk around as the temples are set up a mountain in the forest overlooking the lake. You will see more spectacular temples that these, but it's an enjoyable place to get away from the crowds.

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