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Ishiyama-dera Temple石山寺


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.


Shiga Pref. Otsushi Ishiyamadera 1-1-1

phone 0775370013

8:00-16:30 (Final Arashiyama 16:00)

Review of Ishiyamadera Temple

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/07/13 More like a beautiful garden than a temple
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...
Reviewed:2018/06/30 Beautiful flowers and tree, Lot of National treasure
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...
Reviewed:2018/06/20 No crowds :)
+ no crowds
+ at the bank of Setagawa river (instead of taking the train or bus, I would suggest walking the scenic riverbank)
+ loved the gardens (it would have been nice to visit this place again...

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Shiga Pref. Otsushi Ishiyamadera 1-1-1 [map]



8:00-16:30 (Final Arashiyama 16:00)
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship] 600 yen

[Admission fee]
[General] 600 yen (group 500 yen)
[middle and high school students] 600 yen (group 350 yen)
[Elementary School Students] 250 yen (group 200 yen)
※ group from 30people and above
Parking Lot
Available 140spaces
Credit Card
Not available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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