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. Put Hieizan 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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  • Enryakuji temple is a generic term for about 100 dou, which is scattered around the vast Hieiyama precincts. 1200 years of history and tradition are alive in a beautiful natural environment. Yamauchi is divided into three regions by region: the East Tower in the east, the West Tower in the west, and the north of the river. This is called three towers, and each has a main hall. This is the first time i went around three towers. The Hiei Yamauchi shuttle bus is convenient and free tickets are available. By touring the three towers, I think i was able to understand Mt. Hiei more deeply.
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  • Hieiyama Enryakuji temple is famous, but it is almost all combined with kyoto travel. It is a scale to reflect on the content easily thought about the content examined beforehand though it is a visit in combination with Shiga travel. It is feeling that it managed to turn around the east tower area in half a day. On the main subject, i was a little disappointed that the main hall was under renovation, but i was able to have a very good experience with the monks talking about the merits of Enryakuji Temple. I think that the main hall feels a little uncomfortable when entering for the first time, but I think that i can be impressed very much by hearing the talk. When you visit, it is recommended that you give plenty of time.
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