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Tickets for Enryaku-ji Temple

Explore one of Japan's most important Buddhist monasteries

Eastern Pagoda Area (To-do)
Open Today 09:30 - 16:00
Western Pagoda Area (Sai-to)
Open Today 10:00 - 15:30
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What's included

Admission to Enryaku-ji Temple and all 3 areas: Eastern Pagoda Area (To-do), Western Pagoda Area (Sai-to), Yokawa area
Access to the National Treasure House (if chosen)

What's not included

Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Audio guide, available in English, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean (optional for an extra cost of JPY 500)
  • Gain access to all three sites of the ancient Enryaku-ji Temple complex, sometimes referred to as the 'Vatican of the East'
  • Explore the history of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 100 sacred buildings, and discover centuries of fascinating history
  • Opt to go inside the Kokuhoden Museum and admire remarkable Japanese treasures, from ancient statues to delicate scrolls and sutras

Pristine pagodas, ancient treasures and mountain views – Enryaku-ji is a must if you're on the hunt for Japanese history and tradition. Overlooking Kyoto from its perch on Mt. Hiei, the temple's humble beginnings date back well over 1,000 years.

The all-access ticket option allows you to explore the entire temple complex at your leisure, as well as the National Treasure House which boasts relics dating back to the 9th century.

The Enryaku-ji site is split into three enchanting areas. The main Eastern Pagoda Area is believed to be where Saichō founded the Japanese Tendai sect in 788. Konpon Chu-do is considered a national treasure for this reason, and contains both a statue carved by the sacred monk himself and a candle that is said to have remained continually lit for 1,200 years.

Choose the National Treasure Museum ticket to wander the Kokuhoden Museum and pore over ancient scrolls, statues and mandalas which help to detail the history of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Shaka-do is located in the Western Pagoda Area and houses a priceless Saichō carving of the historical Buddha. The building's name is actually derived from this statue, which depicts Shaka Nyorai. Saichō's mausoleum is also located here.

Yokawa is the quietest, least visited location – perfect if you're looking to soak in a serene atmosphere away from the relative bustle of the main areas. Yokawa is a fair walk from the main Pagoda Areas, but a bus service (available at an extra charge, not operated in winter) connects all three locations if you want to conserve your energy!

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  • Admission may be restricted due to legal requirements or events
  • Please dress respectfully. Clothes should not be too revealing or casual
Eastern Pagoda Area (To-do)
Wednesday 09:30 - 16:00
Thursday 09:30 - 16:00
Friday 09:30 - 16:00
Saturday 09:30 - 16:00
Sunday 09:30 - 16:00
Monday 09:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 16:00
Western Pagoda Area (Sai-to)
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:30
Thursday 10:00 - 15:30
Friday 10:00 - 15:30
Saturday 10:00 - 15:30
Sunday 10:00 - 15:30
Monday 10:00 - 15:30
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:30
Reception
Wednesday 09:30 - 16:00
Thursday 09:30 - 16:00
Friday 09:30 - 16:00
Saturday 09:30 - 16:00
Sunday 09:30 - 16:00
Monday 09:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 16:00
Enryaku-ji Temple
4220 Sakamotohonmachi, Shiga, 520-0116, Otsu
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