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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Otsu

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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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 place is so old, and full of history. It's amazing to think this has lasted so long. There was a nice feeling taking on the older boards. Currently they are re roofing the entire temple. It's covered in it's own building. Take the trip here you will enjoy it.
  • Great place to visit, and less people go here as it's further away. I'd go again and recommend

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