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Admire views of the largest lake in the country, framed by the surrounding mountains and plant life, from Onjo-ji Temple, one of the four largest temples in Japan. Enjoy wandering the peaceful grounds, admiring the picturesque historic structures, koi carp pond, and the site's impressive pagoda. Check out the temple's bell, which has been admired for its resonant sound in literature and lore since ancient times. During spring, you'll be treated to the spectacular bloom of the site's 1,500 cherry blossom trees. Add Onjo-ji Temple to your Otsu travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Otsu trip builder app .
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  • Otsu was held in front of the Inner Temple of Miidera Opera as the year anniversary of the transfer of the capital 1350. A fantastic atmosphere during the performances of "Carmen" was wonderful. Beginning fall foliage lit up at night, it will be at their best.
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  • Splendid views of saigoku Kannon Kannon. Clean leaves in the fall, so recommended the. Temple Street from the parking lot, walk up the stairs up vast mind also beautiful on?
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  • Although locals mostly still recognize the name Onjo-ji Temple, it is universally referred to as the Mii-dera Temple (Temple of Three Wells). Every time I used the old name, I was corrected. We were i...  more »

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You'll find a scattered few accommodations across Otsu, primarily close to Otsu train station. The options located in this area tend to be fairly standard hotels, designed for businesspeople rather than tourists, with simple rooms, pools, and onsite restaurants. Closer to the lake, things get a little more interesting, with some more traditional guesthouses to choose from. Going anti-clockwise round the lake, you'll find some clusters of accommodations close to the primary attractions, such as hot springs. Then again, you can always stay in Kyoto and take a day visit to Otsu.
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