Ishiyama-dera Temple is famous as the place where Lady Murasaki wrote The Tale of Genji in the early 11th century. The main hall has a life-sized model of the author sitting at the table, and the attached museum shows beautiful illustrated books and scrolls of the novel on display.
Apart from the connection of Lady Murasaki, the temple has lots of delightful paths in its vast grounds and great views of Lake Biwa. Cherry blossoms in spring, fireworks in summer, and foliage colors in autumn are all fascinating. During the mid-autumn festival around a full-moon day, thousands of lantern are lit up along the walkways and staircases. It is worth a short train trip from Kyoto.
Purposecherry blossom viewing
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 46.4km) Google Transit
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4.07 months ago
Large impressive temple that costs 600 yen to enter. Looks like it would be busy during fall due to the sheer number of maple trees on the area. Site is slightly hilly for those who want to know
5.05 months ago
Last Wednesday ( March 4) I visited the Ishiyama-dera in Ōtsu, Shiga - Japan. It is one of the many hot-spots for plum blossom viewing. In front of some of the many sub-temples are small plum bonsai trees with pink and white blossoms. A life further up on the slopes of the mountain is a small plum orchard.
Another attraction to this temple is the "Wollastonite Natural Monument", from which the name "Ishiyama" ("stone mountain") is derived.
At the "Genji Booth" next to the Hon-dō, a Statue of "Lady Murasaki Shikibu" near to the Kodō hall. The "The Tale of Genji," one of Japan's most famous texts, conceived by its author Murasaki Shikibu when looking at harvest moon reflected in Lake Biwa during a stay at Ishiyama-dera Temple.
Lots to enjoy here, the precincts are quite expansive, and one can enjoy the quietness of a rural mountain setting here.
5.08 months ago
“Haven’t I been to enough temples?” You say. But this one has something special (don’t they all). This one you can get lost at. No, really. The grounds were super big, and I took a lot longer than expected (over an hour) to explore a lot of it. Didn’t even get to all before it got dark. The signs were also mainly only in Japanese. Also, even if you missed the light-up autumn leaves they do at the end of November, you may still catch some beautiful red maple leaves in December. Make sure to find the statue of Murasaki Shikibu and the little waterfall among the winding paths. This temple is very easy to get to. From the Keihin Ishiyama-dera railway station, just go straight following the arrows.
5.010 months ago
A quiet & peaceful temple. Really worth to visit.
5.0a year ago
The temple has amazing plum tree gardens. Famous for Murasaki-shikibu. Lovely day-trip location from Kyoto.