Visit Enryaku-ji Temple in Mount Hiei Area

About Enryaku-ji Temple

Enryaku-ji is a Tendai monastery located on Mount Hiei in Kyoto, Japan. The temple was founded in 788 by Saicho, the monk who introduced Tendai Buddhism to Japan. It became the center of Tendai Buddhism in Japan and played an important role in the development of Japanese Buddhism.

The temple complex consists of three main areas: Todo, Saito, and Yokawa. Todo is the main hall and the heart of the temple. Saito is the residential area for the monks. Yokawa is the area where the temple's gardens and pagodas are located.

Things to See and Do

  • Visit Todo, the main hall of the temple, and see the statues of the Four Heavenly Kings.
  • Explore Saito, the residential area of the monks, and see the traditional Japanese architecture.
  • Walk through Yokawa and enjoy the temple's gardens and pagodas.
  • Take a guided tour of the temple to learn more about its history and significance.

Getting There

Enryaku-ji Temple is located on Mount Hiei in Kyoto, Japan. The easiest way to get there is by taking a train to the nearby town of Sakamoto and then taking a bus or cable car up the mountain.

Opening Hours

The temple is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm daily.


Admission to the temple is free, but there may be a fee for guided tours.

Latitude: 35.0892° N Longitude: 135.8348° E