Take an enchanting trip into the Hiei-zan & Enryaku-ji temple complex

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Located atop 848 m-high Hiei-zan (the mountain that dominates the skyline in the northeast of the city), the Enryaku-ji temple complex is an entire world of temples and dark forests that feels a long way from the hustle and bustle of the city below. A visit to this temple is a good way to spend half a day hiking, poking around temples and enjoying the atmosphere of a key site in Japanese history.

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The temple complex is a collection of temples and forests that feels like an escape from the busy-ness and the bustle of the city. You could do some trekking, do some exploration of the premises and also just spend the day sight-seeing because there is just so much to see. The atmosphere is cool and refreshing and leaves you rejuvenated with its beautiful scenes and air.

Timing: 08:30 to 16:30 hours, 09:00 to 16:00 hours in winter.

Pricing: 700 ¥

Address: 4220 Sakamoto-honmachi, Otsu 520-0116, Shiga Prefecture

How to reach: Take the JR Kosei Line from Kyoto Station to Hiei-Sakamoto Station (15 minutes, 320 yen one way), from where it is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride to the lower station of the Sakamoto Cablecar. The cablecar ride takes 11 minutes and costs 860 yen one way or 1620 yen for a round trip. From the upper station, Hieizan's Todo area can be reached in a 5-10 minute walk."

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