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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  • It is famous for the purple ceremony part and the Tale of Genji. Next to the purple doll is a small robot that was not there before. The scenery that the multi-treasure tower stands on the rock is still wonderful. If you go up, you can barely see the surface of lake Biwa.
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  • After all, the temple on the stone is introduced in the temple of the purple ceremony part, and i want to go someday. While you're strong? There were a lot of stairs, and it went to the foot really, and it went at about ten o'clock in the morning, but it was very quiet, and the blue autumn leaves seemed to be very very early summer in this season.
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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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