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Mt Hiei: Enryakuji Temple & Miidera Temple (Near Kyoto)


In this tour, you visit one of  the most ancient Buddhist temples registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and the largest lake in Japan. 


In this course, you will travel across spiritual Mt. Hiei, visiting Enryaku-ji Temple registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and Mii-dera Temple; an ancient temple built at the foot of Mt. Hiei. Also, you can enjoy walking along the shore of Lake Biwa; the largest lake in Japan, and then enjoy the panoramic view of the lake from the top of Mr. Hiei.


Your hotel→JR Otsu Station→Nagisa Park (walking along the shore of Lake Biwa)→Keihan Ishiba Station→Keihan Miidera Station→Mii-dera Temple→Keihan Miidera Station→Keihan Sakamoto Station→Sakamoto (walking & lunch)→Cable Car→Enryaku-ji Temple→JR Kyoto Station

◆Nagisa Park
You will walk along the shore of Lake Biwa from Otsu Port through Nagisa Park, enjoying the beautiful view of the lake. It’s a beautiful park full of water and nature with fountains, a music hall, waterfowls, and so on.

◆Mii-dera Temple
Mii-dera Temple is a historically important ancient temple located near Lake Biwa and also the head temple of the Tendaijimon Buddhist sect. With Mr. Hiei on the background, there are many temple buildings such as Kondo hall registered as a national treasure, Kannon-do hall designated as the 14th amulet-offering point of the Sacred Kannon Temples of Western Japan, Shaka-do hall, and To-in complex in the huge premise. The temple has over 100 national treasures and important cultural properties and is filled with many other interesting spots, for example, a miraculous spring inside the hall from which the temple’s name “Mii-dera (temple of the three wells)” was derived and a temple bell called “Evening Bell at Mii-dera Temple” famous for its beautiful sound.

Sakamoto, a temple town of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, is a historic town with many houses of retired priests who finished the Buddhist ascetic practices. Also, Sakamoto is famous for its beautiful stone masonry. Please enjoy walking in this beautiful town and the longest distance of cable-car ride in Japan to Enryaku-ji Temple.

◆Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple is the head temple of Tendai sect registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The huge site has clusters of buildings in three areas: To-do (East Pagoda), Sai-to (West Pagoda), and Yokawa. The grounds are filled with a solemn atmosphere as a training site of Tendai sect of Buddhism.


If you cancel your reservation, the following cancellation fees and remittance charge will be charged:
(1) 14-3 days before the program day: 20 % of the program fee
(2) 2 days before the program day: 50 % of the program fee
(3) one day before, on the departure day, or cancellation without notice: 100 % of the program fee


Basic Fee (Per Group)
Fee per Person

Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax

8 hours



Guiding fee, Public transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, additional fee will be charged.), Admission fee


Cost of meal and sightseeing activities


◆Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accident caused by disregard of the instructions.
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