Images of Enryakuji Temple and Mount Hiei

Today, when people in Japan hear the word “mountain,” Mount Fuji most often comes to mind, but back in the days when Kyoto was Japan’s capital, Mount Hiei was the first thing that came to mind, a special mountain that was the cradle of Japanese Buddhism.
Mount Hiei is a holy land dotted with the structures of Enryaku-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site surrounded by thick cedar groves that is the headquarters of the Tendai sect, and also offers picturesque scenery such as the view of old Kyoto from the border between Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures, and a gorgeous, sweeping view of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake.

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