Taking the cable car
When you get off the cable car you can see a stunning view of Lake Biwa. Luckily when I went the weather was nice. As Enryaku-ji is very high up on mount Hiei and there are lots of trees, summer might not be the best time to go as there will probably be a lot of mosquitoes.
The entrance fee is 700 yen. Remember to keep the ticket as you'll need to show it to enter other temples.
If you go to Enryaku-ji you can spend several hours there as there are so many temples to visit. However, not all of them are near each other, which results in a lot of walking!. There is a small gift shop but there aren't any restaurants of cafes once you have entered the grounds of Enryaku-ji so it might be a good idea to bring some food with you.
To sum up:
- Get a return ticket for the cable car
- Remember to keep your ticket in order to enter other areas of the grounds
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Take food/drinks