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Ishiyamadera Temple, Otsu

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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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Where to stay in Otsu

You'll find a scattered few accommodations across Otsu, primarily close to Otsu train station. The options located in this area tend to be fairly standard hotels, designed for businesspeople rather than tourists, with simple rooms, pools, and onsite restaurants. Closer to the lake, things get a little more interesting, with some more traditional guesthouses to choose from. Going anti-clockwise round the lake, you'll find some clusters of accommodations close to the primary attractions, such as hot springs. Then again, you can always stay in Kyoto and take a day visit to Otsu.
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  • Having been to hundreds of temples and shrines all over Japan, Ishiyama-dera rates amongst the top for me. (It's 500 yen and well worth it. The carpark cost 600 yen?) Being fairly close to Kyoto, Kyot...  more »
  • The author of the Tale of Ganji is believed to write the novel in this temple. It is a mountain temple and locates at the outside of the Otsu city which is well connected by the train from Kyoto. But ...  more »
  • I lived in Otsu for a while, just a short 5-10 minute train ride away, but from Kyoto it's only another 10 minutes or so on the journey time. This temple is generally regarded as where the Tale of Gen...  more »