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The Head Temple of the Tendai Sect, Mt. Hiei (Hieizan) Enryakuji Temple

A solemn temple divided into three areas where the entire mountain becomes the precincts.

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It is a vast temple whose precincts are the area around Mt. Hiei (Hieizan) at the altitude of 848 meters and was built in 788 by Saicho, who opened the Tendai sect. Filling a role as a comprehensive Buddhist university, it has been called "the mother mountain of Japanese Buddhism" and has had a great influence on the history of Japan. Moreover, it also played a role in protecting Kyoto, which was the capital for 1000 years. It was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1994.

It consists of three areas, To-do(East pagoda), Sai-to(West pagoda), and Yokawa , and about 100 temples are dotted.
In “Konponchu-do ”, which is located in the main area of To-do (East pagoda) of Enryakuji Temple, designated as a national treasure, there is the “Fumetsu no Hoho” lit by Saicho has been lit for nearly 1200 years. Moreover, in the “Kokuho-den (National Treasure Hall)”, exhibits a number of valuable cultural assets such as Buddhist statues, Buddhist paintings, and handwritings that have been handed down to Enryakuji Temple. In Sai-to (West pagoda), there is the main hall "Shakado", the oldest building in Yamauchi and is an important cultural property of the country. In Yokawa, there is the main hall "Yokawachu-do", which is featured by building style of floating-ship, and the "Shikikodo", which is regarded as the originating place of the fortune-telling "Omikuji".

Since the mountain itself is used as a training dojo (training hall), there are many pilgrimage routes and temple-visiting routes in the mountain, and you may stroll in nature while feeling the religious solemnity and depth of history.

At each temple hall, you may get a Goshuin (red-colored stamp-seal) as proof that you visited the temple. There are all 11 types, and there is also a special version that may only be given on the Budda’s Ennichi, the very day of Budda’s temple festival.

The location is rich in nature, therefore, the seasonal landscape of Japan such as cherry blossoms in spring and the autumn leaves in autumn may be seen.


  • A vast temple whose precincts are the entire mountain at the altitude of 848m. The cityscape of Kyoto and Lake Biwa may be seen.
  • It is divided into three areas, To-do (East pagoda), Sai-to (West pagoda), and Yokawa, and it takes almost a day to visit all of them.
  • All 11 types of Goshuin (red-colored stamp-seals) may be collected.
  • Visitors may enjoy the changes in the beautiful scenery of Japan throughout the year.
  • It produced a large number of prominent monks in the history of Japanese religion.


  • To-do(East pagoda) and Amidado.

    To-do(East pagoda) and Amidado.


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Name in Japanese
天台宗総本山 比叡山延暦寺
Postal Code
4220 Sakamotohonmachi, Otsu City, Shiga
Free worship-visiting
Business Hours
<To-do (East pagoda) region> March-November & January-February 9:00am-4:30pm / December 9:00am-4:00pm
<Sai-to (West pagoda) & Yokawa region> March-November 9:00am-4:00pm / December 9:30am-3:30pm / January-February 9:30am-4:00 pm
* Pilgrimage reception is until 30 minutes before closing.
* Due to snowfall during the winter season, the closing time may be shortened.
* Admission may be restricted due to memorial services and events.
<Shared ticket for To-do (East pagoda) / Sai-to (West pagoda) / Yokawa >1,000yen for Adults, 600yen for Junior and Senior high school students, JPY300 for Elementary school students.
<National treasure hall (treasure hall) Admissions> 500yen for Adults, 300yen for Junior and Senior high school students, 100yen for Elementary school students.
<National treasure hall Admissions and Pilgrimage fee set> 1,500yen for Adults, 900yen for Junior and Senior high school students.
1) From Sakamoto Hiei Yamaguchi Station of Keihan Dentetsu Railway Keishin Line, the Kojak bus to "Cable Sakamoto" station, transfer to Sakamoto cable, about 10 minute-walk from "Cable Enryakuji" station.
2) From JR Hieizan Sakamoto Station, take the Kojak bus to "Cable Sakamoto" station, transfer, and walk about 10 minutes from "Cable Enryakuji" station on the Sakamoto Cable.
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