Back to Hiei
When my family came to visit, I knew I’d have to go hiking with my sister. I decided on Hiei because it meant the rest of the family could join us at the top later. I’ve gone into detail about this holy mountain before, but it definitely warrants another post from another season, especially since I didn’t talk about the trail much last time.
The big guy.
I thought something was oddly different about the mountain. Those bare stripes about halfway up…
Apparently it had rained a lot in Kyoto earlier, and Hiei had experienced landslides. More on that later.
Finding the trailhead itself is a bit of a journey, wandering seemingly aimless from the station eastwards. The (highly closed to the public) Shugakuin Imperial Villa is a sign you’re on the right track.
Very early on down the trail, perpetually full of inquisitive insects.
About that landslide…
After the first big switchbacks, the trail was severely washed out. Missing just out of left frame is the precarious slope. Fortunately the soil had had time to dry back out again, or this would have been a fool’s errand.
Kyoto north of the city center
That abandoned ski chalet is still there and eerie as ever, though everything’s been padlocked now.
On the other side of the mountains, the city of Otsu in Shiga.
I only had a little time in the temple of Enryakuji itself. See my older Hiei post for more.
Enough time to visit the great hall, though.
Back down in the city!