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Sakamoto Townscape

Sakamoto Townscape

In the past, Sakamoto flourished as a town near Mt. Hiei's Enryaku-ji Temple and Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine. In the middle of town, you can admire the Anoshuzumi stonework which makes up the beautiful stone walls. Sakamoto was also where monks who had finished their studies at the Enryaku-ji Temple went to retire and is lined with historic residences called "satobo." For this reason, the Sakamoto area has been designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. Sakamoto is near famous shrines and temples such as Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Saikyo-ji Temple, which are popular spots for viewing autumn leaves. In Sakamoto, you can enjoy beautiful scenery of eternal history surrounded by plentiful nature.

ADDRESS Sakamoto, Otsu, Shiga
TEL 077-578-6565 (Sakamoto Tourism Association)
ACCESS On foot: 20-minute walk from JR Hiei Sakamoto Station
By car: 15-minute drive from the Meishin Expressway Kyoto East Interchange to the Otsu bypass
URL http://www.hieizansakamoto.jp/ (Executive Committee for the Revitalization of Hieizan-Sakamoto)