Mount Hiei

mountain in Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures, Japan

Mount Hiei (比叡山, Hiei-zan) is a mountain that is northeast of Kyoto city. It is at the border between the Kyoto and Shiga prefectures, Japan.

Mount Hiei
Sakura MtHiei.jpg
The view from Kyoto with Cherry blossoms. (April 2005)
Highest point
Elevation848.1 m (2,782 ft)
ListingList of mountains and hills of Japan by height
Coordinates35°4′0″N 135°50′18″E / 35.06667°N 135.83833°E / 35.06667; 135.83833Coordinates: 35°4′0″N 135°50′18″E / 35.06667°N 135.83833°E / 35.06667; 135.83833
LocationHonshū, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Topo mapGeographical Survey Institute 25000:1 京都東北部, 50000:1 京都及大阪

Mount Hiei appeared in many folk tales in different centuries. Traditionally, people believed it to be the home of gods and demons of Shinto.


  • John Stevens, "The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei." Boston: Shambala, 1988 ISBN 0-87773-415-1

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