2. View the sights of Kyoto
  3. Hieizan Enryaku-ji

Hieizan Enryaku-ji


Hiei-zan Enryaku-ji Temple is located in Hiei-zan (Mt. Hiei) between Kyoto and Shiga Prefecture. From this temple you can see Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. As almost all of the land of Hiei-zan is belong to this temple, three separated areas of it are placed utilizing its valley and ridge. The origin of this temple is in 788 when Archbishop Saicho created two halls and made Hiei-zan a religious place. This temple is thought to be as a mother temple, because the founders of greatest religions of Japan practiced there: Hounen of Jodo-shu sect, Shinran of Jodo-shinshu sect, and Eisai of Rinzai-shu sect. And in 1994, it was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site.