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Temple Spots in Shiga Area

  • Enryakuji
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Sakamotohonmachi 4220

    早朝訪問の為か、まだ扉が閉まっていました。説明書きを読むと日本中の神仏は勿論のこと世界中の神様の集合させてお祈りしているそうです。そういえば仏教というのは他の宗教の神様を取り入れ、仏教の仏様として受け入れる宗教なので、他の宗教の神も拝むことが出来るのかなと考えてしまいます。

  • Ishiyama-dera Temple
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    4.5
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Ishiyamadera 1-1-1
    This is a temple of the To-ji Temple Shingon sect which is located in Otsu City. It was founded in 747 at the request of Emperor Shomu. It is known as one of the most famous Kannon temples in Japan, also being the stamp office for temple number 13 of the Saigoku Sanjusansho Kannon Pilgrimage. In addition, it is said that this was the place where Murasaki Shikibu got her inspiration for the idea of the Tale of Genji, and it also appears in literary works such as “Makura no Soshi” (the Pillow Book) and “Sarashina Nikki” (The Sarashina Diary). In the temple, there are many National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties such as the oldest Taho-to (a pagoda that enshrines the Buddha) and the oldest main temple building in Japan, so there is no shortage of highlights. It is also a famous place for its autumnal leaves and the illumination in the evening is worth seeing.

    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...

  • Onjo-ji (Mii-dera) Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Onjoujichou 246
    The Onjo-ji Temple is the head temple of the Tendaijimon Buddhist sect and is located in Otsu City. The temple is also known as one of the “Omi Hakkei” (Best 8 scenic spots in Omi) (Mii-no-Bansho lit. the temple’s evening bell). In the main temple structure which is a National Treasure, the principal image of Miroku Bosatsu (Maitreya Bodhisattva) is said to be enshrined, but since it is unconditionally a Buddhist image withheld from public view, it is not made public. Kannondo and Shakado, the stamp office for temple number 14 of Saigoku Sanjusansho Kannon Pilgrimage stand lined up within the temple, which possesses a great many National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. It is also a well-known spot for its autumnal leaves.

    We visited this place at the sakura (cherry blossoms) season but it was not crowded with tourists as expected. Actually we could walk quite leisurely around and enjoy the beautiful view. There was a...

  • Nagahama Betsuin Daitsuji Temple (Gobou-san)
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    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Motohamachou 32-9
    This is a temple of the Otani sect of Shinshu that has long been fondly known by the nickname of “Gobo-san”, whose origins lie in its establishment on the site of Nagahama Castle in 1602. Thereafter, it was moved to its current location in 1652. You can catch a glimpse of the splendid Momoyama culture in the main hall and the banquet hall which are said to be the remains of Fushimi castle and have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. Within the temple grounds, there is also Ganzanken Japanese Garden, a kanshoshiki kare-sansui (“dry landscape”) garden, and there is also the Rantei Japanese Garden which is a National Place of Scenic Beauty. The temple is famous for having a great number of cultural properties such as paintings on paper sliding doors and screens.

    It was not in my plan, however, I am glad that I did pay a visit. The temple was big (the section which you had to pay to enter). They had a plant that stated at least 250 years old. The garden...

  • KONGOURINJI -Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Echigunaishouchou Matsuoji 874
    A Buddhist temple located Matsuoji, Aisho Town, Echi County, Shiga Prefecture. The temple was founded by the great priest Gyoki in 741. Together with the Tendai Buddhist Saimyoji Temple and the Hyakusaiji Temple, also located in the Koto area, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Koto.” The main hall, built during the Kamakura period to commemorate victory during the Mongol invasion, is designated a National Treasure. The garden of the Myojuin Temple located on the grounds is designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty.

    金剛輪寺では本堂、三重塔を参拝の後、千体地蔵の並ぶ長い参道を下山し、最後に明寿院庭園を鑑賞しました。桃山時代、江戸初期、江戸中期の三庭からなりますがどの庭も植栽、灯籠、石組、泉等の配置が素晴らしく大変美しい庭園です。中でも燃え立つような紅葉は圧倒的な美しさでした。庭園鑑賞後、黒門と呼ばれる総門を出て金剛輪寺を後にしましたが、大きな赤提灯の掛る総門にもお寺の風格を感じました。

  • Chomeiji Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Oumihachimanshi -chomeijichou 157
    A Buddhist temple located in Chomeiji-cho, Omihachiman City. Records state the temple was founded by Prince Shotoku. The temple’s principal object of worship is a 1,000 handed, 11 faced, three bodied figure of Kanzeon Bodhisattva; said to grant long life and health to worshippers, this figure has attracted believers since ancient times. Temple buildings such as the main temple are designated Important Cultural Properties and every structure is at least designated a Cultural Property by the city or prefecture. The temple is counted as the 31st temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.

    As part of my cycling tour around Ōmihachiman, I stopped at Chomeiji Temple and decided to climb up the stairs which is something you shouldn't do (at least when it's summer). However, climbing the...

  • Koto-sanzan Saimyoji Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Inukamigunkourachou Ikedera 26
    A Buddhist temple located in Ikedera, Kora Town, Inukami County, Shiga Prefecture. Founded in 834, the temple’s all hinoki cypress three tier pagoda and main temple, built in the Kamakura period, are designated National Treasures. The Horai Tei garden on the temple’s grounds has been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty and is also a renowned destination for fall foliage viewing. Together with the Tendai Buddhist KONGOURINJI-Temple and the Hyakusaiji Temple, also located in the Koto area, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Koto.”
  • Zensuiji Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Konanshi Iwane 3518
    A Buddhist temple located in Iwane, Konan City. The temple was founded on the order of Empress Genmei some 1,300 years ago. The temple’s principal object of worship is a hidden figure of Bhaisajyaguru and worshippers are said to be granted such boons as recovery from illness, good health, and protection from misfortune. The main temple, built in 1366 during the Nanboku-cho period, is a designated National Treasure. Together with the Joraku-ji Temple and Choju-ji, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Konan.”

    We enjoyed our visit here since it is a historic and beautiful temple (a "National Treasure" with several very fine ancient Buddha and other statues, but you have to go through with a guide and ours...

  • Jorakuji Temple
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    16 Reviews
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    Shiga Pref. Konanshi Nishitera 6-5-1
    A Buddhist temple located in Nishitera, Konan City. Together with the Zensuiji Temple and the Choju-ji, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Konan.” The main temple and three-tiered pagoda are designated National Treasures. During the “Konan Sanzan Koyo Meguri,” an event held from November through December, these three temples open up especially for visitors to enjoy the lovely seasonal fall foliage; the temples also open up especially for visitors with an advance reservation.

    湖南三山を車でまわりましたが、ここの三重塔が強く心に残りました。紅葉との組み合わせでものすごくキレイでした。三重塔はどの季節でも美しくしに違いありません。

  • Chojyuji Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Konanshi Higashitera 5-1-11
    A Buddhist temple located in Higashitera, Konan City. According to records, the temple was founded in the late Nara period on the order of Emperor Shomu. The temple’s principal object of worship is a figure of the Guardian Kshitigarbha of Childbirth, and worshipers are believed to be granted luck in having children, a safe childbirth, and long life. The hinoki bark thatched roof main temple, built in the Heian period, is a designated National Treasure. Together with the Zensuiji Temple and the Joraku-ji Temple, this temple is counted as one of the “Three Temples of Konan.”

    湖南三山の一つ。12/2で、紅葉がまだキレイでしたので、他の名所より少し遅く見頃になるのかも知れません。湖南市は2004年誕生だから湖南三山という呼び名も最近のものでしょうか。駐車場は無料。入山料は500円。湖南三山で一番紅葉が見事でした。一つだけ訪れるならここが良いと思われます。個人的見解としては、湖東三山のどこよりもキレイでした。三重塔が美しい常楽寺は車なら近くにあります。

  • Rakuyaji Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Koukachouichino 1377
    A Buddhist temple located in Ichino Koka-cho, Koka City. The temple’s principal object of worship is a seated, 11 headed figure of Kanzeon Bodhisattva; the largest such figure in Japan, it is said to have been carved by the great monk Saicho and is only unveiled to the general public once every 33 years. The shrine also came to be known for having been visited by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro to pray when he went to subdue the bandits in the Suzuka Mountains; the origins of the ritual sumo matches held on the grounds each year on October 18 date back to the sumo matches held by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro’s retainers.
  • Daichiji Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Minakuchichounasaka 1168
    A Buddhist temple located in Nasaka Minakuchi-cho, Koka City. The temple is said to have been founded some 1,250 years ago during the Tempyo period when the great priest Gyoki, who was visiting the region, dug four ponds which still remain today in the shape of the Japanese character for heart and built the main temple in the center of them. The temple’s Hourai Garden, a dry landscape garden, is said to have been created by the celebrated artist Kobori Enshu.

    ここの本堂は再興以来、当時のままの姿で存在している禅宗建築における仏殿様式と云われるもので、何よりも床が「瓦敷き」となっています。瓦と云っても屋根の瓦じゃなくて平らな瓦です。又、ここの「蓬莱庭園」は規模は小さいが一見の価値がある。作者が小堀遠州と云うのはわたし的には・・・ちょっと趣味に合わない感じもしないでもないが。ここは臨済宗妙心寺派寺院、1300年の縁起を誇る行基が開いた寺院とのこと。織田家も...

  • Saikyoji Temple
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Sakamoto 5-13-1
    A Buddhist temple located in Sakamoto, Otsu City. Founded by Prince Shotoku, the temple later fell into ruin but was restored by the great monk Ryogen in the Heian period, after which it became a nenbutsu dojo. The temple is the head temple of the around 450 Tendai Shinsei Buddhist temples in Japan. The temple’s principal object of worship is a Heian period figure of seated figure of Amitabha and this and temple structures such as the Edo period all Japanese zelkova wood gabled, hipped roof main temple are designated Important Cultural Properties.
  • Enryakuji Temple Todo
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Sakamotohonmachi 4220 within Enryakuji
    A Buddhist temple located in Sakamoto Honmachi, Otsu City. This temple makes up one of the three sections of the Enryakuji Temple, the head temple of Tendai Buddhism. Located on the land where the great monk Saicho founded the Enryakuji in 788, the grounds encompass various important structures centering on the Konpon Chudo, the overarching main temple and a designated National Treasure.
  • Konpon Chudo
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Sakamotohonmachi 4220 within Enryakuji
    Located in Sakamoto Honmachi, Otsu City, this designated National Treasure is the overarching main temple building of the Enryakuji Temple, the head temple of Tendai Buddhism. The Enryakuji Temple is divided into three sections; the Konpon Chudo is located on the Todo grounds. The temple’s origins date back to 788 when the great monk Saicho founded the Ichijo Shikanin; construction of the current Konpon Chudo building was completed in 1642. The Konpon Chudo enshrines a figure of Bhaisajyaguru, the principal object of worship, as well as a votive light which has been kept lit for 1,200 years.
  • Enryakuji Temple Saito
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Sakamotohonmachi 4220 within Enryakuji
    A Buddhist temple located in Sakamoto Honmachi, Otsu City. This temple makes up one of the three sections of the Enryakuji Temple, the head temple of Tendai Buddhism. This section of the temple was founded by the monk Encho, the second head of Tendai Buddhism. This section’s main temple building, the Shakado (Tenborindo Hall), is the oldest of the Enryakuji’s extant buildings and is a designated National Important Cultural Property. The grounds of this section also encompass the Jodoin, which enshrines the remains of the great monk Saicho.
  • Iwamasan Shohoji Temple (Iwama-dera Temple)
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Ishiyamauchihatachou 82
    A Buddhist temple located in Ishiyamauchihata-cho, Otsu City. The temple was founded in 722 by Empress Gensho. The 12th temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, since ancient times this temple, along with Kumano and Yoshino, has been counted as one of the three most sacred places in Japan. The temple’s principal object of worship, a 1,000 armed figure of Kannon, is known by many names, including the “Sweating Kannon,” the “Daftness-Preventing Kannon,” and the “Lightening Protection Kannon.” There is also a pond located on the grounds known as “Basho’s Pond” because it is said that the celebrated ancient haiku poet Matsuo Basho composed his “Frog Poem,” one of his most famous, here.
  • Tachiki Kannon
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Ishiyamanangouchou Okuyama 1231
    A Buddhist temple located in Ishiyamanango-cho, Otsu City. According to legend, in the Heian period, the great monk Kobo Daishi became stranded amidst the rapids of the Seda River; a white deer allowed him to ride it to safety, after which it transformed into the Kanzeon Bodhisattva. Deeply moved, the monk carved a figure of the deity with his own hands and founded the temple here. Because this occurred when Kobo Daishi was the unlucky age of 42, this temple has long been believed to grant worshippers protection from misfortune.

    On a narrow section of road near a wide river that flows from lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture near Kyoto lies a formidable task for the unprepared traveller. you start directly from the road and climb...

  • Ukimido
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Honkatata 1-16-18
    A temple building located on the grounds of the Mangetsu-ji Buddhist temple in Honkatata, Otsu City. The temple building was built on the waters of Lake Biwa by the priest Genshin in the Heian period to pray for safety on the lake as well as the salvation of the masses. The current building is a reconstruction erected in 1937. The temple building is also known for being depicted in one of the traditional picturesque “Eight Views of Omi”—in this case, the view titled “Geese Alighting at Katata.”

    I went solo for this trip., and was not able to get inside but i did see it from the bay side., looks mysterious and just a peaceful aura :)

  • Kogenji Temple (Doganji Temple Kannondo)
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    Shiga Pref. Nagahamashi Takatsukichoudouganji 50
    A Buddhist temple located in Doganji Takatsuki-cho, Nagahama City. The temple enshrines an eleven faced figure of the Kanzeon Bodhisattva; one of only seven in the country to be designated a National Treasure, this figure is famously considered particularly beautiful among the seven. Numerous other figures of Kanzeon Bodhisattva, housed in other Kannondo temple halls, can be found in the surrounding area, and during the Kannon no Sato Furusato Festival held in October, all of these halls make their figures viewable to the general public at the same time.

    Firstly this is in Takatsuki, 3 stops or about 10 minutes from Nagahama on JR. Trains are infrequent, leaving N I believe only at 12 mins past each hour outside peak times. The return from T was at...

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Visitors to Shiga prefecture are almost always hopping east across the prefectural border from Kyoto, and they are almost certainly Lake Biwa-bound. Covering an area of 670 square kilometers, Lake Biwa makes up the bulk of Shiga prefecture, with beautiful lakeside paths that offer myriad walking and cycling opportunities, connecting a string of museums, shrines, and picturesque views that finally lead you to Hikone Castle on the eastern side of the lake.

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