Hieizan Enryakuji Temple

Hieizan Enryakuji Temple Lake Biwa to the east and Kyoto to the west

The entire area of Mt. Hieizan, which straddles the border between Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures, is the temple area. It was also called Hokurei (meaning “northern peak”) because of its location to the north of Heiankyo (Kyoto).

The East Pagoda includes the Nemoto Chudo Hall, the East Pagoda of Hokke Sojiin, the Main Lecture Hall, the Amida Hall, the Monju Tower, and the Enryakuji Kaikan, the West Pagoda includes the Shakado Hall and Ninai Hall, and the Yokogawa Chudo Hall, the Nemoto Nyobo Pagoda, and the Gonsan Daishi Hall are located in Yokogawa.

It is also a scenic spot surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings, with Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan, sung as “Tendai Yakushi no Ike” to the east, and a panoramic view of the city of Kyoto to the west.
It is registered as a World Heritage Site as “Cultural Properties of Ancient Kyoto.


Hieizan Enryakuji Temple
比叡山 延暦寺
Official Site
4220 Sakamoto Honmachi, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture
Telephone number
Hours of operation

Touring hours for various halls
East Pagoda area:
March - November: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
December: 9:00-16:00
January - February: 9:00 - 16:30

West Pagoda and Yokogawa area:
March - November: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
December: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
January - February: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Open all year round

Admission fee

Enryakuji Temple Tour Fee
Common ticket for East Pagoda, West Pagoda and Yokogawa
Adults 1,000 yen
Junior high and high school students 600 yen
Elementary school students 300 yen

National Treasure Hall (Treasure House) Entrance Fee
Adults 500 yen
300 yen for junior high and high school students
Elementary school students: 100 yen

Parking lot
270 cars (Enryakuji Temple Parking Lot No. 1), free of charge

Take Kyoto Bus or Keihan Bus drive bus from Kyoto Station to “Hieizan Summit” stop.

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