Mount Hiei is a mountain between Kyoto city and
Otsu city, and is on the prefectural border between Kyoto and Shiga
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
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.