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NEIGHBORHOOD INTRODUCTION

Mt. Hiei, Enryaku-ji Temple

Enryaku-ji is the main temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, founded by the monk Saicho in the early Heian period (early 9th century AD). As a center for studying and training in Buddhism it has long been a national treasure, producing many famous monks from each sect of Japanese Buddhism, including Honen and Shinran. Enryaku-ji is often referred to as the “mother mountain” of Japanese Buddhism. About 100 halls are scattered throughout its vast precincts atop Mt. Hiei. Taking the Eizan Cable line from Yase Station, just a 5-minute walk from moksa, you can take a short cable car ride to reach the top of the mountain. You can enjoy a full day exploring the many temples here, or do a shorter 1 hour round-trip walk, or even make a 3-4 hour hike down from the mountain to the village of Ohara.

Takano River

The Takano River is a stream of pure water sandwiched between Mt. Hiei and Mt. Hyotan-Kuzure, and is known for being a home of the protected giant salamander. The river’s source lies in a mountain pass near the border between Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward and the town of Otsu in Shiga Prefecture, and it joins the Kamo River at the Kamo Ohashi Bridge just south of Shimogamo Shrine’s Tadasu Forest. In summer, the Takano is beloved as a resort spot and a famous place to play in the river.

Rurikoin Temple

A temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect at the foot of Mt. Hiei, Rurikoin is about a 3-minute walk from moksa. It is usually closed to the public, but it is a famous spot for autumn leaves that opens only during the seasons of new green maple leaves in spring and the colorful autumn leaves in fall. The Sukiya-style Shoin Hall was built in the early Showa period (1940s) by Nakamura Sotoji, known as a master of classical Sukiya architecture. In front of the Shoin, there is the "Lapis Lazuli Garden", which is said to be created by Sano Toemon Ichimon ~ here the reflection of the garden on the table and floor of the Shoin is also stunning. In the grounds, you can also visit the teahouse "Kikakutei" named by Sanjo Sanetomi and the famous Yase "Kamaburo" Kiln bath.

Spring special opening: Mid-April to the end of June.
Autumn special opening: Early October to mid-December
(*Advance reservation required).

Mikage Shrine

A small shrine that you can reach by climbing the mountain path just behind moksa for about 15 minutes. Mikage Jinja, located in the “Demon Gate” (northeast) of the old capital of Kyoto, is a shrine that protects Kyoto and is also the interior shrine of Shimogamo Shrine.
It is a sacred place where Kamotaketsunumi Mikoto and Tamayori Hime Mikoto came to earth in Japan’s pre-history, and is also home to the oldest Shinto ritual in Japan, the Mikage Festival.