Ishiyama-dera Temple Tahoto Reviews
Large impressive temple that costs 600 yen to enter. Looks like it would be busy during fall due to the sheer number of maple trees on the area. Site is slightly hilly for those who want to know
Last Wednesday ( March 4) I visited the Ishiyama-dera in Ōtsu, Shiga - Japan. It is one of the many hot-spots for plum blossom viewing. In front of some of the many sub-temples are small plum bonsai trees with pink and white blossoms. A life further up on the slopes of the mountain is a small plum orchard. Another attraction to this temple is the "Wollastonite Natural Monument", from which the name "Ishiyama" ("stone mountain") is derived. At the "Genji Booth" next to the Hon-dō, a Statue of "Lady Murasaki Shikibu" near to the Kodō hall. The "The Tale of Genji," one of Japan's most famous texts, conceived by its author Murasaki Shikibu when looking at harvest moon reflected in Lake Biwa during a stay at Ishiyama-dera Temple. Lots to enjoy here, the precincts are quite expansive, and one can enjoy the quietness of a rural mountain setting here.
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