Enryakuji Nishitani Fort
See Enryakuji for more information.
The Nishitani-toride (‘West Valley Fort’) refers to the fortified area of the temple-fortress of Enryakuji in the west. There is a peak along the ridge which separates Kyōto and Sakamoto with a monument on it. The monument appears to be a sōrin, or steeple which crowns a pagoda. Around this area there appears to be the remains of the fort, including terracing, kirigishi (shaved mountainside), dorui (earthen ramparts) ensconcing bailey spaces, and maybe even a koguchi (gate area). Viewed from the forest road below an area where I tentatively identified dorui looks like the earth was worked into terraces with ramparts atop. This must be part of the Nishitani-toride, I thought, but I don’t know how extensive it used to be.
|English Name||Enryakuji Nishitani Fort|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Artifacts||Karabori, Dorui, Kuruwa, Koguchi, Kirigishi, &c.|
|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' 33.67" N, 135° 50' 2.54" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|