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Ishiyamadera Temple

1-1-1 Ishiyamadera, Otsu 520-0861, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-537-0013
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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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Patrick T
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Hong Kong SAR
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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Juntasinee
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Bangkok, Thailand
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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 6 days ago

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 walk a bit uphill and downhill as the garden and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 ticket office. The temple area covers all the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

+ 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 during spring or autumn) - 15 mins...More

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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

1  Thank TheOutdoorholic
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Reviewed 14 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

Thank Vanessa Y
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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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