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Mount Hiei

#105 of 1,012 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

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I have already written an extensive review about my walk up Mt Hiei. Please search Kirarazaka for my detailed recollection of adventures on the mountain. It is a must visit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2017
Billy C
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

I have already written an extensive review about my walk up Mt Hiei. Please search Kirarazaka for my detailed recollection of adventures on the mountain. It is a must visit. Beautiful in vista and energy. You won't be disappointed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

I have visited Enryakuji temple , also walking trails . I went there by bus also cable car from Keihan Sakamoto station eaither.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Mount Hiei is in the northeast area in Kyoto, which can oversee both Kyoto and Biwa lake. Temples in Hiei were once a key symbol of Buddism, and the guardian of Japan that suppressed the evil in Kyoto. During Sengoku period (戦国時代), monks in Hiei were so corrupted and hostile to Nobunaga Oda's territories. Finally Nobunaga ordered to burn most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

I went all the way to the top of Mount Hiei on the Eizan Electric Railway, Eizan Cable and Eizan Ropeway. The Eizan Cable and Eizan Ropeway are an experience on their own, great fun! Once at the top you can walk around for free or go to the botanical museum which was also great. Because of the height it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

I took the small train to go up the mountain and reached Enryaku ji. It was absolutly great: you can fell the spirit of the place, smelling incent while hearing the gong.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Good views of the lake at the top but it is a bit of a hike - there is a cable car available but it was very busy when we went so decided to walk which was ok but no cafe at the top which is unusual for Japan so be preapred

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Kyoto, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

The hike is not very demanding, but also not too easy. You can always take the cable car (i is a bit pricy for this short trip). Make sure you carry along enough water, as there is - very unusual for japan- only one vending machine on top. the viewpoint is nice, but if you want to see lake biwa,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015

I went here after getting off at JR Hieizansakamoto station. That's after a botched trip to Biwako Valley. I should've just gone here instead. The cable car station isn't really too far from the station. It's about a 15-20 min. uphill walk (getting back is easier). The sakamoto cable car itself is an attraction. One of the longest cable car... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

Unlike others, we took the train from Kyoto (one transfer) to get to the base of the mountain which was about a 30 minute ride. We than took a bus to the cable car as it was quite an uphill walk however we did walk back to the train station from the cable car as it was all downhill. From... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Mount Hiei is about 1.5 hour by bus from Kyoto Station (seasonal schedule) and it contains three groups of temples called To-Do, Sai-Do and Yokawa, spread out over a large area. There is a shuttle bus linking all three sites making a day trip covering the entire site possible. The main temple is Konpon Chudo (To-Do), the home Inextinguishable Dharma... More 

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