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. Make Ishiyamadera Temple part of your personalized Otsu itinerary using our Otsu trip planner.
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  • This place is more like a garden with lots of beautiful flowers than a temple. The environment is quiet and peaceful, not like other parks with too many tourists from other places. Be prepared to...  more »
  • The temple is in Otsu city not far from Kyoto. From the entrance of the temple you will find 3D carving Door Guardian Angel. After passing the door will find beautiful flowers along the way to the...  more »
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  • It's a very beautiful and peaceful place. In maple season, not so many people come here. U will feel very comfortable to enjoy the fantastic view.
  • Just like another shrine, but this place is quite far from the train station so coming here in summer is a bad idea
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