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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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  • The temple is located about 40 minutes from Shiga Prefecture and Kyoto. To see Japanese nyoirin Kannon published 1958, Buri, so. Mountain one are planted pretty seasonal flowers at the temple. 11 months since leaves are very nice. I was better than what Kyoto visited the temple views.
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  • In KaiRo Ishiyama-dera Temple and statue of nyoirin Kannon Bodhisattva 33 years to his door that, visited for the first time. Many more temples were flooding into the Ishiyama-dera Temple has become the No. 13 of saigoku 33 pilgrimage Temple [edit. And Japanese Kannon is a very nice and then the kindly welcome you. The little heart is pure like feel.
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  • Ishiyamadera has always been one of my favorite temple complexes. The gardens are wonderful and the tues to Basho and Murasaki Shikibu add to the experience. In autumn the color and gardens are especi...  more »