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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  • On the modern side to touching occasion Heian Era Aristocrat who, like going out to Hawaii to the OMI province, especially Ishiyama Temple Dakini diversion and variety of materials ("Dragonfly diary" or "sarashina Nikki") is now obsolete. Murasaki Shikibu is representative, frequently visited the Ishiyama-dera Temple and stayed, and some said continued to write the famous tale of Genji Monogatari. Of course the Ishiyama-dera Temple leading Kannon pilgrimage in Japan beyond mere vacation spot, and, has received many donations from the strongman. To configure Castle was reportedly due to Minamoto no Yoritomo's donor Dongdaemun or the taho pagoda is famous as a national treasure, as well as "between" and Li Tang seems is transmitted and Donator of the Yodo. Simply, views outside the party Hall is impressive in a very elegant building. Environment colors in vast, turn red in the fall do so. Creates a rueful views of foliage and Temple. Nighttime admission is recommended it is.
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