Ishiyamadera Temple, Otsu

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#2 of 181 in Historic Sites in Shiga Prefecture
Legend says that Lady Murasaki Shikibu commenced writing the world's oldest novel "The Tale of Genji" in Ishiyamadera Temple, in August 1004, inspired by the full moon. Two warrior statues guard the entrance of the temple, enclosed with thick forest and areas covered in rich moss. See the main hall, one of the national treasures displaying a mineral wollastonite and an image of the Goddess of Mercy, also considered a cultural treasure. The golden Buddha statue inhabits the ornate pagoda-style temple. Deeper in the gardens, see the life-size sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu. To visit Ishiyamadera Temple and other attractions in Otsu, use our Otsu itinerary planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Ishiyama-dera Temple is probably the only Miura previously learned in the book /. And let us stop going to Shiga Prefecture went. From JR Ishiyama station, Keihan bus covered until the temple Ishiyama station in about 10 minutes. You must not walk a little and go by train (Keihan). From the entrance, the gate is bigger then walk along the entrance path, paying the entrance fee from going up the stairs and Hall, the two-storied pagoda? There. Murasaki Shikibu wrote the tale of Genji, and says the Tempyo era and so has a history. There be laid stones laid was sand of the Shikoku 88 temples like a prayer wheel, here is one of saigoku 33 pilgrimage, walking out there and walk the Shikoku pilgrimage.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Visit hot day. It is a lot of Murasaki Shikibu's the tale of Genji is famous, but finely furnished power spot. Or visit the walk if the number on the route, or you can visit. I will write about the visit in the summer. Keep per most Yang Keihan Ishiyama Temple Station body and a flat approach to 850 meters walk. Because Ishiyama station on Keihan bus No.1 was Ishiyama temple gate before Nice. Free bamboo cane on the back side of the gate. Begins the stairs from paying visits to 600 yen. With a steep staircase, and caution is advised. Even to the temple stairs. Where in the shade are everywhere, but sweat wipe towels and water are required.
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  • June 19, 2017
    Speaking of Ishiyama-dera Temple, but Murasaki Shikibu, the tale of Genji. Was it seems close to Kyoto and visited the Imperial nobility from the old temple. I think one or the very elegant temples. Books do not take comparable to the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon was popular at the time and invited Murasaki Shikibu at this Ishiyama-dera Temple multiplied by ten years, I wrote the tale of Genji's. When it was floating the tale of Genji, and watching the reflection of moon in front of Ishiyama-dera Temple wins mountain climb in biwa Lake, and it is suggestive of the ripples. In this, every Moon purple Murasaki Shikibu Festival at Ishiyama-dera Temple is in it.
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