Kyoto: Enryakuji Temple & Mt. Hiei Sacred Sites Tour
Kongobuji Temple on Koyasan is a major center of esoteric Buddhism, and Enryakuji Temple on Hieizan is an equal or even more important center of esoteric Buddhism. This course is designed to give you the opportunity to enjoy Enryaku-ji Temple, which is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the peak of Hieizan.
◆ Learn about the history of this momentous temple
◆ Walk the beautiful forest trails once taken by the temple’s warrior monks
◆ Visit the eastern area to see where Tendai monks train daily
◆ Explore the western area where the oldest buildings in the precinct can be found
◆ Tour in tranquility in the peaceful Yokawa area
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
【Itinerary】JR Kyoto Station → (bus) Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei → (bus) JR Kyoto Station
Enryaku-ji Temple has suffered the ravages of war many times, but it is the very source of the history of religion in Japan. Six of the seven major religious orders in Japan were born out of Enryaku-ji. It also served as a conduit to the Roman Church in the West.
The main facilities are as follows.
(1) Nemoto Chudo: This is the central building of Enryaku-ji, from which the term "main hall" was derived. Inside the building, there is a light that has never been extinguished in 1,200 years since the 9th century.
(2) National Treasure Museum: The National Treasure Museum has 10 national treasures including arts and crafts, and more than 50 important cultural properties.
(3) The following six high priests, who founded Buddhism in Japan, studied at Enryaku-ji Temple and left their footprints here.
Saicho founded Enryaku-ji Temple and established the Tendai sect of Buddhism, which included Nikko Rinnoji Temple and Kan-eiji Temple in Ueno.
Eisai founded the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, including Nanzenji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple, Tenryuji Temple, and others.
Dogen founded the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism, which was worshipped by many warlords, including Eiheiji Temple.
Honen and Shinran founded the Jodo Sect and Jodo Shinshu. It is the sect with the largest number of followers in Japan.
Nichiren founded Nichiren Shoshu, which focused on the interests of the present world and became the mother of the most politically powerful religious organization in Japan.
The meeting place for this tour is JR Kyoto Station's Rooftop Sky Garden.
During the summer, we will take a bus to Mt. Hiei, but during the winter months, we can only reach the mountain by train and cable car.
The tour route is as follows:
JR Kyoto Station Rooftop Sky Garden → Mt. Hiei Summit → To-do → Lunch → Sai-to → Yokawa → JR Kyoto Station
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
・ Food & drink, shopping expenses, etc.
・ Transportation to the meeting place
・ Transportation from the tour end place
※ If you wish to be picked up from your hotel, an additional 3,300 yen (tax included) will be added to the fee.
◆ This is a shared program. Multiple groups may take this program at once.
◆ Please follow the instructions of the guide during the program. We will not be responsible for any accidents that may occur due to disobedience of the guide's instructions.
◆ The program will be operated in accordance with the guidelines stipulated by the Japan Tourism Agency. As a measure against COVID-19, you will be asked to disinfect your hands and wear a mask, and we will measure your temperature before starting the experience.
◆ Walking tours may be subject to change due to facility closures or weather conditions. In such cases, we will guide you to alternative locations.
◆ The program duration stated is only approximate. Please note that the duration of the experience may vary depending on the situation and the number of guests.
◆ For walking tours, you are requested to meet our guide at a designated meeting place. If you are late, please contact us at 03-6432-0195 during business hours (weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00). We may also provide you with an additional telephone number to contact in advance of the program.
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◆ The minimum number of participants for this program is 2.
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