Aug 24, 2014

Enryaku-ji in Mount Hiei / 比叡山延暦寺

Today, I enjoyed a short trip to Enryaku-ji in Mt Hiei.

Demachiyanagi station → took Eizan railway → Yase (the gate of Mt Hiei) → took a cable car → The top of Mt Hiei → took 30 min walk → Enryaku-ji

It was foggy, so many of these pictures are whitened. The fog was so deep and I felt my skin moisturized. I've tried to keep this condition. Mt Hiei is known for having Enryaku-ji. Enryaku-ji has a long history more than 1200 years. Enryaku-ji was opened by Saicho to train priests, and it is one of the greatest Buddhism places. So Enryaku-ji is located in deep mountain to keep priests away from society.
You can enjoy the way to deep forest and beautiful combination of nature and Japanese old architecture.
In total, I walked more than 3 hours. In the end it was hard for me to move my legs. I'm planning Mt Hiei trail in winter to take beautiful picture. I have to get myself trained to achieve this plan. Mt trail has about 10 km!




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  1. This is probably the first time i get so close to a foggy mountain and temple of Japan. Thanks for sharing, the pictures are beautiful;).

    1. Thank you for your kind comment! Many mountains in Japan are always foggy because of its humid climate.