Enryakuji Joudoin Fort

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Visit Notes

I didn’t find any ruins of fortifications at Jōdoin-toride, and I wasn’t sure where to look for them. The site is that of the Dengyō Taishi Gobyō, a mausoleum for Saichō, the founder of Enryakuji. Apparently a team of monks are dedicated to attending the mausoleum and they must never leave the mountain. I wonder if they can visit a hospital if they get sick? The site is in the middle of a ridge or slope of the mountain. From below the ridge looks flattened in tiers. It’s hard to visualise the fort as solely being the mausoleum, and so maybe the whole ridge was fortified. I didn’t poke around too much at this one, since I didn’t want to be seen as trespassing in the temple’s most sacred area.


Castle Profile
English Name Enryakuji Joudoin Fort
Japanese Name 延暦寺浄土院砦
Founder Saichō
Year Founded 778
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations UNESCO World Heritage Site, has Important Cultural Properties, National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Haiden, Kuri, Karamon
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 40 minutes
Location Ôtsu, Shiga Prefecture
Coordinates 35° 4' 17.18" N, 135° 50' 10.54" E
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