Enryakuji Nishitani Fort

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Visit Notes

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.

  • Ramparts and Bailey

Castle Profile
English Name Enryakuji Nishitani Fort
Japanese Name 延暦寺西谷砦
Founder Saichō
Year Founded 778
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Karabori, Dorui, Kuruwa, Koguchi, Kirigishi, &c.
Features trenches
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' 33.67" N, 135° 50' 2.54" E
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