比叡山–Mount Hiei

After leaving the wonderful ryokan (but not before rejuvenating my slightly hungover self in the onsen), my coworkers and I were off to Mt. Hiei.  Mount Hiei is a pretty famous mountain on the border of Kyoto and Shiga.  There are a lot temples as well as the UNESECO site of Enryaku-ji, the Tendai monastery.  Mount Hiei is known to be the headquarters of the Tendai sect of Buddhism and Enryaku-ji happens to be one of the most well known monasteries in Japan..  Since I’m a fan of Japanese history, I recall Mt.  Hiei being the place where Oda Nobunaga burnt down in order to quell the power of the Tendai monks.  Apparently monks have been known to run long distances here on a daily basis in an attempt to reach enlightment.

The place itself is humongous and really nice to walk around.  Despite being there for half the day, we only managed to see around a quarter of it.  Here are few pictures:

 

The ropeway tram we took.

The ropeway tram we took.

I could tell the conductor loved his job--he was talking to a curious boy the entire time and telling him all these nice details about the ride.

I could tell the conductor loved his job–he was talking to a curious boy the entire time and telling him all these nice details about the ride.

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Ringing the bell.

Ringing the bell.

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After Mount Hiei, we stopped for a nice lunch and made our way back to Osaka.  While the first day of the trip was really busy, the second day was a lot more mellow.  It’s something we definitely needed as we were all still pretty tired. Despite only being with my teachers for a day and a half, we managed to get a lot done and I learned a lot more about them as well as got closer to them.  I hope they can say the same about me.  I want to go somewhere again with them someday!

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