Mii-dera (Onjo-ji Temple)三井寺(園城寺)
Officially called the Nagarasan Onjo-ji, this is the head temple of Tendai Jimon Buddhism and is also famous for the Mii no Bansho bell, considered one of the eight most picturesque sights in Shiga. The temple's modern colloquial name, Mii-dera, written with characters meaning Temple of the Three Wells, is derived from the fact that Emperor Tenji, Emperor Tenmu, and Emperor Jito were given their first baths in the miraculous spring on the temple's grounds, leading the temple to be called the Mii-dera in ancient times written with characters meaning Temple of the Imperial Well. In most years, the best time to enjoy the autumn foliage on the temple's grounds is from mid-November, and the sight of the tunnel of fall leaves over the approach to the temple is stunning. During this season, the grounds are lit up at night, and the illuminated trees and structures designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties engender scenery quite different from that viewable in the daytime.
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Shiga Pref. Otsushi Onjoujichou 246 [map]
- State of fall foliage
- Fallen leaves
- Autumn foliage forecast
- Mid-Nov.-Early Dec.
- open everyday
- Parking Lot
- Night viewing
- Public toilets
- momiji (Japanese maple), kaede (Japanese maple), ginkgo, Japanese mountain maple, Japanese zelkova, Japanese beech, iroha-momiji, cherry tree, Japanese rowan, dodan-tsutsuji
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- View route from Station View route from Bus Stop View route from IC View route from Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Shiga Main Areas
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.