Enryakuji Higashitani Fort

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Visit Notes

The Higashitani-toride (‘East Valley Fort’) refers to the fortified area of the temple-fortress of Enryakuji in the east. I tentatively identified a karabori (dry moat), but the area appears to be mostly made of large terraces lining the mountainside. There are few buildings in this area of the temple. There used to be thousands of halls at Enryakuji, and these were mostly on the lower slopes of the mountain; only the core of the complex is retained today.

  • Bailey
  • Dorui
  • Old stone stupa remains
  • Possible karabori / horikiri

Castle Profile
English Name Enryakuji Higashitani Fort
Japanese Name 延暦寺東谷砦
Founder Saichō
Year Founded 778
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Ishigaki, Kuruwa, Kirigishi
Features trenches, stone walls
Visitor Information
Access Yase-Hieizanguchi Station on the Eizan Line; Eizan Cable Car; Eizan Ropeway; Hike for 30 minutes to Enryakuji or bus; or, Sakamoto-Hieizanguchi Station on the Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line; Sakamoto Cable Car; or, Direct Bus via Kyoto Bus no. 51 or Keihan Bus no. 57 from Kyoto Station to Hieizan-cho.
Visitor Information Yase Route is 1,420 yen in total, including Eizan Railway and shuttle bus one-way; Sakamoto Cable Car is 870 yen; direct bus is 770 yen.
Time Required 30 minutes
Location Ôtsu, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 4' 27.59" N, 135° 50' 8.88" E
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