Konpon Chudo in the To-do area is under renovation works. These works began in 2016 and are schedules to be finished in 2026. Even though the building is under renovations, you can still go inside it. You may think it’s a shame you don’t get to see the building in its normal glory, but there is actually something you can only see while it's under renovation works.
Like this picture, which was taken by going upstairs and taking a photo from a stage. Under you, you can see the walkway of Konpon Chudo. Normally you cannot see this spectacular view; it’s something you only get to see during the renovation works. You also get to see the copperplates of the roof closer than normal, and enjoy a different kind of temple visit.
|Category||Temples & Shrines|
|Address||4220 Sakamotohonmachi, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture|
|Directions||How to get to To-do area: *You can use the shuttle bus to get to Sai-to and Yokawa areas. (One-day pass for the shuttle bus including entrance to the temple is 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children, but IC cards like Icoca, Suica, and Pasmo are also accepted.) *The shuttle buses do not run in winter from the second Monday of December to the middle of March. By bus: JR Kyoto Station to Enryakuji Bus Center Take Kyoto Bus #51 or Keihan Bus #57. Time: Around one hour + the time it takes to wait for the bus. *The bus only runs about four times a day, mainly in the morning, and doesn’t operate from the second Monday of December to the middle of March. This way you get to go to Enryaku-ji Temple by taking just one bus so this is the recommended way for those going to the temple for the first time. If you want to see the To-do area, I recommend getting off at Enryakuji Bus Center or To-do bus stop. Bus stop close to Konpon Chudo and Kokuhoden: Enryakuji Bus Center Bus stop close to Amida-do and Kaidan-in: To-do bus stop By train, cable car, ropeway, and bus: JR Kyoto Station – JR Tofukuji Station – Keihan Shichijo Station – Keihan Demachiyanagi Station – Eizan Hieizanguchi Station – Cable Yase Station – Cable Hiei Station – Ropeway Hiei Station – Hiei Sancho Station – Enryakuji Bus Center *The cable car and ropeway do not operate in winter from the second Monday of December to the middle of March. Time: Around one hour + the time you wait for the next train or bus This way of going to the temple is a bit complicated, but you get to ride on the sightseeing train Hiei, cable car, and ropeway, so you get to see the beautiful nature of the mountains. This is the recommended way of going to the temple for those who like different methods of public transport and those who like mountains and nature.|
|Open Hours||To-do area: March to November: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. December: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. January and February: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sai-to and Yokawa areas: March to November: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. December: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. January and February: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. *The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing time. *In winter the temple may close early because of snow. *Some places may not be entered if there are ceremonies taking place.|
|Reservations||You can stay overnight at Enryakuji Kaikan. You can see Lake Biwa and the beautiful night view from the luxurious rooms and relax after a day of sightseeing around Enryaku-ji Temple. The food served here is Japanese Buddhist cuisine known as shojin ryori. Killing animals is forbidden in Buddhism, so the food here contains no meat or fish, nor does it contain onion or garlic as they have too strong a taste. The Buddhist way of eating is to be grateful for the food you get; to be grateful to the life you’re eating. The staff at Enryakuji Kaikan is very kind and attentive and thanks to this the customers rate the experience here highly. I recommend staying a night here. You can make a reservation from the link below: https://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/6238002/|
|Closed||Open every day|
They have pamphlets in English, Chinese, and Korean. They also offer audio guides for ￥500.
|Information||Pamphlets and website in English and traditional Chinese.|
|Lanuages spoken||Some simple English|