Ishiyamadera Temple, Otsu

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. Make Ishiyamadera Temple part of your personalized Otsu itinerary using our Otsu trip planner.
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  • If you are a lover of gardens, then Ishiyama-dera is for you. Along with all the enclosed buildings, within the huge complex, there must be several kilometers of paths to take-in the awesome scenery. ...  more »
  • Visiting in late November, the Autumn leaves were very picturesque and enhanced what is a very beautiful temple space. The grounds are quite large and allow for plenty of quiet spaces even if there ar...  more »
  • We visited on a trip. It is recommended for taking photos, but no less remarkable since it is winter. It is nice.
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  • Nice Buddhism temple. One of the oldest 33 Buddhism temples in west Japan. Near Lake Biwa with very nice scenic road around the lake.
  • Excellent mix of the Buddhist temple, building, and Japanese garden, with large yard- its beauty in Spring and Fall seasons. Any visitors who want to see cherry blossom, Ishiyama-dera Temple is one of the top choices in greater Kyoto area, because it is NOT known to many foreign tourists who generally stay inside Kyoto city limit. Not crowded with noisy foreign tourists, it is a perfect place to enjoy Buddhism serenity and beauty, while it does develop and expand its garden area year by year in recent few years. While most of famous temples in Kyoto area are generally crowded with tourists who may not have a fun or real visiting experience, Ishiyama-dera Temple can offer a peaceful refugee for the tourists who can visit the temple easily by taking Kyoto subway and transfer to another commuter train and get off at the last stop. Just a few minutes of short walking along the river, visitors can reach the temple. Because some of the temple halls are located at mountain area, mountain climb is essential, and temple does offer wood stick or cane for the seniors who may need them as mountain climbing assistant tools. There is NO food stand or store inside the temple area, but there are a few gift shops and food stores in front of the gate area, and price is relatively reasonable. Tourists may visit Ishiyama-dera Temple with Mii-Dera Temple together when both temples can be reached by the same train, although Mii-Dera Temple does require longer walking distance for the tourists from the train station.
  • The Tale of Genji was written by Murasakishikibu here. Great shingon-sect temple with massive garden and interesting structure of rock formation.
  • The etymology of Ishiyama-dera Temple became wollastonite from Silicon by thermal metamorphism of limestone by forming a huge slab that overlap the stone. KaiRo Gohonzon Ruyi wheel kanzeon bosatsu statue-like relationship established with you. Which like France imposing and full of dignity. Incision was the stucco, but now that wooden smetona seems to be. 5.3 m high statue of cypress wood parquet. White Rock pedestals, are 坐shite. Our mantra-on rose's Han and her yes. Will be established with opportunity in the near future are likely to only finished once in 33 Kannon in 2016, crowned new emperor the following year, Kannon, so. Temple is in Shiga Prefecture, the oldest building, which is listed as a national treasure. Composed of m. Hall located on the top of the rock, to enshrine Gohonzon and Li Tang of the suspension structure. Namdaemun kongorikishi is reportedly of unkei and flooded, parent/child collaboration, but not sure. Taho pagoda perched on the Rocky grounds of Silicon ash stone, by Minamoto no Yoritomo of the donor in the two-storied pagoda of Japan's oldest. In a graceful appearance. In front of the gate, is lined with restaurants and souvenir shops. At the fair, are good.
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  • Distracted was foliage of. Convenient parking for 600 Yen before the gate. Admission fee is 600 yen. The theme of pilgrimage. 見処 a lot! Tamori like takes more than two hours after walking. Fedallah is located below the main river mountain ya one less visitors but name spots! Good stretch your legs.
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