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Mount Hiei

Mount HieiMount HieiMount Hiei is a mountain between Kyoto city and Otsu city, and is on the prefectural border between Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures.
In Japanese, it is called "Hieizan".

It has two peaks, and they are Dai-Hiei (848 meters high) and Shimeigatake (838 meters high).
It is located about only 10 km northeast of central Kyoto city, and is located about 9 km north-northwest of central Otsu city.
There is the coast of Lake Biwa at the eastern foot of the mountain.

In a Japanese traditional cosmology, the direction of northeast is the unhappy one.
Mount Hiei is located to the northeast of Kyoto which was the capital of Japan, then Enryakuji temple were set up near the top of Hieizan in the 8th century.

We can reach the top of the mountain by cable car and ropeway from both Kyoto and Otsu sides.

And the toll road "Hieizan Driveway" runs along the ridge line of Mount Hiei, so we can reach by car.
From Kyoto station, route buses are operated to the top of the mountain.

How to get to here

By route bus from Kyoto

  • About 1 hour and 15-20 minutes by route bus from Kyoto station.

By cable car from Kyoto side

  1. By Keihan Line, go to Demachiyanagi terminal station.
  2. By Eizan Line, about 26 minutes from Demachiyamagi to Yase-Hieizan-guchi.
  3. By cable car, about 9 minutes to the mountainside.
  4. By ropeway, about 3 minutes to the top.
  5. To Enryakuji, we can use shuttle bus. About 6 minutes.

By cable car from Otsu side

  1. By Keihan Line, go to Sakamoto station. About 16 minutes from Hama-Otsu.
  2. By route bus, about 4 minutes from Sakamoto to the cable car station.
    (The distance is about 1 km. If you walk, it takes about 15 minutes.)
  3. By cable car, about 11 minutes to the top.
  4. About 10 minutes walk to Enryakuji.



Mount Hiei from Kyoto
Mount Hiei from Lake Biwa
Lake Biwa and Otsu city from Mt.Hiei


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