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Mount Hiei

#104 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

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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... read more

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Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 and cablecar to the summit. It is Y850: don't get a return ticket as it... More 

Thank johnnychips
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 Trip. There are tons of hidden shrines and pathways, it was amazing. Love it here,... More 

Thank Ples R
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I have already written an extensive review about my walk up Mt Hiei. Please search Kirarazaka for my detailed recollection of adventures on the mountain. It is a must visit. Beautiful in vista and energy. You won't be disappointed!

1 Thank Billy C
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Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

I have visited Enryakuji temple , also walking trails . I went there by bus also cable car from Keihan Sakamoto station eaither.

Thank Kyoto T
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Mount Hiei is in the northeast area in Kyoto, which can oversee both Kyoto and Biwa lake. Temples in Hiei were once a key symbol of Buddism, and the guardian of Japan that suppressed the evil in Kyoto. During Sengoku period (戦国時代), monks in Hiei were so corrupted and hostile to Nobunaga Oda's territories. Finally Nobunaga ordered to burn most... More 

1 Thank edmundduck
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Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

I went all the way to the top of Mount Hiei on the Eizan Electric Railway, Eizan Cable and Eizan Ropeway. The Eizan Cable and Eizan Ropeway are an experience on their own, great fun! Once at the top you can walk around for free or go to the botanical museum which was also great. Because of the height it... More 

Thank Vineurocent
Toulouse, France
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

I took the small train to go up the mountain and reached Enryaku ji. It was absolutly great: you can fell the spirit of the place, smelling incent while hearing the gong.

Thank isa312015
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

Good views of the lake at the top but it is a bit of a hike - there is a cable car available but it was very busy when we went so decided to walk which was ok but no cafe at the top which is unusual for Japan so be preapred

1 Thank swift314
Kyoto, Japan
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7 reviews
Reviewed 5 June 2015

The hike is not very demanding, but also not too easy. You can always take the cable car (i is a bit pricy for this short trip). Make sure you carry along enough water, as there is - very unusual for japan- only one vending machine on top. the viewpoint is nice, but if you want to see lake biwa,... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

I went here after getting off at JR Hieizansakamoto station. That's after a botched trip to Biwako Valley. I should've just gone here instead. The cable car station isn't really too far from the station. It's about a 15-20 min. uphill walk (getting back is easier). The sakamoto cable car itself is an attraction. One of the longest cable car... More 

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