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Kyoto tour from Shiga where you can relax and avoid crowds

1. Sakamoto

Sakamoto is located in Shiga prefecture, Kinki area that marked its fame for Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.
The town holds about 50 Satobō which is a retreat for retired elderly monks.
A great Shogun Akechi Mitsuhide’s old home, Sakamoto Castle was located on the lakeside on Sakamoto that remains as a castle trace today.

For further information: https://localish-japan.com/2021/07/05/sakamoto/

2. Sakamoto Cable Car

sakamoto cable

With 2025 meters length, the Sakamoto cable car railroad records the longest cable car railway in Japan.
Visitors can enjoy the great panorama landscapes of Biwa lake. The cable cars also went through technologically remarkable transformation for the mechanism of aerial wires and pantographs.

For further information: https://localish-japan.com/2021/07/06/sakamoto-cable-car/

3. Hieizan Enryaku-ji


Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple is the very mother temple of Japanese Buddhism.
It was established by Saichō, who imported Esoteric Buddhism in Japan from his study abroad in China and opened the Tendai sect. Numerous well-known monks and trainees studied at Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple where has 1200 years of history.

For further information: https://localish-japan.com/2021/07/19/hieizan-enryakuji/

4. Chikulin’in Temple

Sakamoto is marked as an Important Preservation District for Traditional Buildings in the country.
Satobō specifically adds a unique taste to the city. The former Chiklin’in locates in one of Satobō. The residence has a garden of about 3,300 m2 to the southwest of the main building and two tea rooms and Azumaya.

For further information: https://localish-japan.com/2021/07/25/chikurinin-temple/

5. Kimono Experience in Sakamoto

Come and enjoy your town walking experience in Sakamoto in authentic Kimono(or Hakama) costumes!
There are many photogenic spots in Former Chiklin’in and Anō-shu, the stone walls.
Visitors in Kimono also can get discounts at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine for its admission fees.
All ages, gender and size of kimonos are prepared.

For further information: https://localish-japan.com/EVENT/kimono-experience-in-sakamoto/

6. Mitsui-ji Temple

They have a variety of Buddhism temple activities from casual to extreme here for you to try.
Calm your soul and spirit away from busy reality by joining Sutra Calligraphy or Zazen Meditation.
Who intensity seekers, they have Yamabushi experience where you join Buddhism trainee practice up to 6 hours!

Don’t forget to give a visit to the Private National Treasure Guest House that is normally closed to the public and Bead bracelets Craft to create a little memorial souvenir to bring home with you.

For further information: https://localish-japan.com/2021/07/29/mitsui-ji-temple/

Embraced by the beauty and nature of Biwa lake, Shiga prefecture has enriched important scenes in Japanese history. It is the home of Japanese Buddhism where produced many great Buddhist leaders and new ideologies that has been affecting Japanese Buddhism even today. Any visitors may feel the magical atmosphere of sacredness and calmness that lets them rest their minds and souls once they step in there. You cannot skip this deep soothing oasis along your trip for a spiritual retreat.