MT HIEI

Mt Hiei is on the border of Shiga and Kyoto prefectures. Mt Hiei features the World Heritage Site of Enryakuji Temple.


Located on the border between Kyoto and Shiga prefecture, Mt Hiei has been a sacred mountain for Japanese people from the ancient time. Originally it was thought to be the home of gods of Shinto. In 788, a famous monk called Saicho (Dengyo) established Enryakuji Temple here. Since then, Mt Hiei has been taking a significant role in Japanese Buddhism.

Mt Hiei

Yase (name of town)
When you go to Mt Hiei, you can catch a Eizan Railway from Demachiyanagi Station. This one-carriage train provides you a 15-minute scenic trip. This line finishes at Yase station. Yase is a pretty rural town located at the edge of Kyoto. Kyoto people go to Yase for hiking and bbq on weekends. There are a few traditional tea houses near the Yase station. You catch a cable car here then a ropeway to Mt Hiei.

Tradtional Japanese Tea Houses Near Yase Station
Tradtional Japanese Tea Houses Near Yase Station

Enryakuji Temple

Enryakuji Temple is a World Heritage Site and a National Treasure, which overlooks Kyoto, but technically is in Shiga Prefecture.

Daikodo, Enryakuji Temple

Station/Stop

Transport

Duration

Places to visit

JR Kyoto

Kyoto city bus #4

15min

 

Demachiyanagi 

Eizan Railway

15min

 

Yase

Eizan Cable & Ropeway

15min

Yase

Mt Hiei

Mt Hiei Shuttle Bus

5min

 

Todo

Mt Hiei Shuttle Bus

4min

Enryakuji Temple (Daikodo, Kaidan-in, Hokkesoji-in, Suikinkutsu)

Saito

Mt Hiei Shuttle Bus

10min

Enryakuji Temple (Shakado, Bussokuseki)

Yokawa

Mt Hiei Shuttle Bus

19min

Enryakuji Temple (Ryugaike Benzaiten Shrine, Yokawa Chudo, Keishin-in, Gansan Daishi-do)

Mt Hiei

Eizan Cable & Ropeway

15min

 

Yase

Eizan Railway

15min

 

Demachiyanagi

Kyoto city bus #4

15min

 

JR Kyoto

 

 

 

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SHIGA

KANSAI

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