Enryakuji Shakadou Fort
See Enryakuji for more information.
Shakadō-toride is the site of the Shakadō, Enryakuji’s Buddha Hall, which is the oldest building at the temple, having been relocated from off-site after the rest of the temple was destroyed by Oda Nobunaga (barring Ruridō, a small, hidden hall, but Shakadō is still thought to be older). Other temple structures were rebuilt in the Edo period or later, and so though much of the core of the temple has been reconstructed, in the case of the Shakadō an older ‘borrowed’ structure was used instead. Around the hall there is the mountain and the hall seems to sit in a hollow in the earth. The western ridge, which is the boundary by the way between Kyōto and Sakamoto, appears like a ridge which was used as dorui (earthen ramparts). This area can be considered the heart of the temple’s western wing. Above the Shakadō is the Ninaidō, twin halls connected by an overhead walkway, associated in legend with Saitō Benkei, the Heian period warrior monk. The ‘Saitō’ in his name is not the regular family name Saitō (斎藤), but refers to this western wing of the temple (西塔). Apparently Benkei could lift the Ninaidō over his shoulders like a pair of weights. Another fanciful yarn involving the famous sōhei sees him pinching a large bell from rival temple Miidera, only to kick it back there again from Enryakuji when the bell wouldn't sound properly.
|English Name||Enryakuji Shakadou Fort|
|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||Shakadou (Buddha Hall) (Relocated), Dorui|
|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' 27.16" N, 135° 50' 1.61" E|
|Added to Jcastle||2022|
|Admin Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|