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Ishiyamadera Temple, Otsu

(4.4/5 based on 220 reviews on the web)
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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  • From JR Ishiyama Station 2 station at end Ishiyama station of Keihan electric railway. It is about 5 minutes. Keihan electric railway is a 2-car formation is number 1 at least 10 minutes so the flight isn't bad. About 1 km from the Keihan Ishiyama station. Because walking so far peaceful landscapes along the setagawa River is about a 15-minute walk away, but not boring. Many shops along the river there. The Ishiyama-dera Temple admission is 600 yen for adults. Children entering elementary school is free of charge. Ishiyama-dera Temple is quite takes stroll in the grounds of the fine. Can I have a map at the entrance, but lost the low accuracy of the map.
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  • The premises were extensively than I thought, was one day slow 過gose like atmosphere. Nice planting of on-site care would also want to visit the season of cherry blossoms and fall foliage season.
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  • It is a temple standing on a large rock. Looking down from the Moon Palace (admission is not) is very nice. Japan's oldest two-storied pagoda is a must.
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