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Ishiyamadera Temple

1-1-1 Ishiyamadera, Otsu 520-0861, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-537-0013
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Ishiyama-dera Temple.

If you are a lover of gardens, then Ishiyama-dera is for you. Along with all the enclosed... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
TheOutdoorholic
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Hirakata, Japan
Very beautiful temple with the Autumn leaves

Visiting in late November, the Autumn leaves were very picturesque and enhanced what is a very... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2018
1966Jamo
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Takaoka, Japan
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1-1-1 Ishiyamadera, Otsu 520-0861, Shiga Prefecture
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+81 77-537-0013
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

If you are a lover of gardens, then Ishiyama-dera is for you. Along with all the enclosed buildings, within the huge complex, there must be several kilometers of paths to take-in the awesome scenery. The best times of year to experience Ishiyama-dera would be Spring...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Visiting in late November, the Autumn leaves were very picturesque and enhanced what is a very beautiful temple space. The grounds are quite large and allow for plenty of quiet spaces even if there are crowds. The temple's name literally means Stone Mountain and is...More

Thank 1966Jamo
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

Having been to hundreds of temples and shrines all over Japan, Ishiyama-dera rates amongst the top for me. (It's 500 yen and well worth it. The carpark cost 600 yen?) Being fairly close to Kyoto, Kyoto is just too crowded and too noisy nowadays, so...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2017

The author of the Tale of Ganji is believed to write the novel in this temple. It is a mountain temple and locates at the outside of the Otsu city which is well connected by the train from Kyoto. But many tourists are going to...More

1  Thank gehararigo
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

I lived in Otsu for a while, just a short 5-10 minute train ride away, but from Kyoto it's only another 10 minutes or so on the journey time. This temple is generally regarded as where the Tale of Genji was written, so it's of...More

2  Thank ExplorerC9
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Kyoto close by is well known for so many shrines and temples but I think Ishiyama (in Shiga Prefecture) has its own beauty. The temple was so splendid in autumn when we came here, covered by all layers of colors from bright yellow to orange,...More

Thank nnhuho
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

The Temple is about a 15 minute walk from the Ishiyamadera stop on the Keihan line. The maple trees were amazing as are the gardens and sub-temples. By chance our timing was impeccable. We had the rare opportunity to see the Nyoirin Kannon as it...More

Thank Charmaine P
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

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 especially beautiful and add to the experience. Be sure to explore away...More

1  Thank Gemma'smum
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

Important national treasures here. Quite a lot of steps and "ups" but if you can make it worth the trip. The main hall is the goddess of mercy and the whole building is not alwys open. As you walk down the side of the impressive...More

Thank randle_williams
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Ishiyama-dera (石山寺?, lit. "Stony Mountain Temple") was constructed around 762 CE. Allegedly, Murasaki Shikibu began writing The Tale of Genji at Ishiyama-dera during a full moon night in August 1004.

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