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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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  • Found is famous as the place speaking of Ishiyama-dera Temple, Murasaki Shikibu writing epic, the tale of Genji and the idea is why Ishiyama-dera Temple. Is in purple Murasaki Shikibu, Ishiyama-dera Temple from the relationship, as like most visited many times and where from the shade of the tale of Genji has appeared four times as it seems. Beautiful vestiges of foliage calmed, a nyoirin Kannon Bodhisattva Buddha worshipping your period once every 33 years. Lover heart and liked the Murasaki Shikibu also revel in such a desire and I think the feeling is suitable.
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  • The Temple is about a 15 minute walk from the Ishiyamadera stop on the Keihan line. The maple trees were amazing as are the gardens and sub-temples. By chance our timing was impeccable. We had the rar...  more »
  • To see your main Kannon this time here in saigoku 33 Kannon temples previously made pilgrimages to the visit. If fall foliage season and holidays, was a large turnout. Main was a once in 33 Kannon 勅封 Japanese only in Japan. Visit and made many visitors column in the main hall was not to control appearance of nyoirin Kannon was to rapt. In the large precinct has many attractions, such as the library, goeido and two-storied pagoda. Many plum trees have been planted, and are now purple Murasaki Shikibu exhibition held at Feng-Ching and Yuan of Sugawara michizane edge to its lower has become a walking course. In addition, "Naito Bell" is put at 300 yen. Is very unfortunate... is a trick doors on all sides of the two-storied pagoda, were engraved the names of individuals.
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