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In order to frustrate my wife, of course I planned a little adventure out to this joint. We went the long way by taking the Karasuma Line out to Kyoto International Convention Centre, but took a taxi to Takaragaike Station to take the trip up...More
Mount Hiei is the highlight of my recent Kyoto trip. My friend and I took the Eizan train at Demachiyanagi Station (Keihan line from Kyoto Station). It was a new train with an 'Oval' and aerodynamic body. We alighted at Yase-Hieizanguchi station. The easiest way...More
Enryaku Ji is rather a village of temples and its a pleasure to hike between the main spots.
The easiest way getting there from Kyoto station is by bus line 57 that leaves from bus stop C6. Line up in the line for Hiei as...More
The temples in Mount Hiei are considered the guardian for the ancient capital-Kyoto which started the establishment more then 1200 years ago. It’s a good place for sightseeing and hiking while learning a bit of Buddhism philosophy.
Must see if you are interested in Buddhism...very historical place....very scenic location....many ancient Buddhist Halls and temples...Many important and famous monks studied at Mt. Hiei (Hiei-zan) through the ages.
I visited Mt Hiei starting from Kyoto/Shugakuin. I went up on foot, so I cannot give any info about the cable car. The hike is not to difficult, the signs are mostly complete (there are some moment of confusion, but I managed to get to...More
My original purpose in hiking Mt Hiei was to warm up for climbing Mt Fuji later that week. As it happened I found Hiei beautiful and in many ways every bit as captivating as Fuji.
Mt Hiei offers an alternative to hiking - it has...More
This was really fun and we didn't see one other tourist. We would have never have found the trail head of it wasn't for a local walking us over and pointing it out. He also gVe us advice on which trail to take since he...More
To get up Mount Hiei, if you are not fit enough to walk, take the Eizan line out of Kyoto to Yase-Hieizanguchi. This is a funny one-coach train, where at each stop the driver opens a counter and collects the fares.
Then take the funicular...More
So we took the West side up the mountain, which consisted of a cable car and Gondola. We attempted to hike down but we got lost and hiked for several hours. It was beautiful, and this was one of my favorites parts of my Tokyo...More
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.