Ishiyama-dera Temple

Sightseeing information about Ishiyama-dera Temple in Japan.


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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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5.0a month ago

A little away from Kyoto city center but this temple is one of the best hidden area to visit in this area.

4.010 months ago

Nice Buddhism temple. One of the oldest 33 Buddhism temples in west Japan. Near Lake Biwa with very nice scenic road around the lake.

5.09 months ago

Excellent mix of the Buddhist temple, building, and Japanese garden, with large yard- its beauty in Spring and Fall seasons. Any visitors who want to see cherry blossom, Ishiyama-dera Temple is one of the top choices in greater Kyoto area, because it is NOT known to many foreign tourists who generally stay inside Kyoto city limit. Not crowded with noisy foreign tourists, it is a perfect place to enjoy Buddhism serenity and beauty, while it does develop and expand its garden area year by year in recent few years. While most of famous temples in Kyoto area are generally crowded with tourists who may not have a fun or real visiting experience, Ishiyama-dera Temple can offer a peaceful refugee for the tourists who can visit the temple easily by taking Kyoto subway and transfer to another commuter train and get off at the last stop. Just a few minutes of short walking along the river, visitors can reach the temple. Because some of the temple halls are located at mountain area, mountain climb is essential, and temple does offer wood stick or cane for the seniors who may need them as mountain climbing assistant tools. There is NO food stand or store inside the temple area, but there are a few gift shops and food stores in front of the gate area, and price is relatively reasonable.
Tourists may visit Ishiyama-dera Temple with Mii-Dera Temple together when both temples can be reached by the same train, although Mii-Dera Temple does require longer walking distance for the tourists from the train station.

5.0a year ago

The Tale of Genji was written by Murasakishikibu here. Great shingon-sect temple with massive garden and interesting structure of rock formation.

5.0a week ago

境内は大変広く、見応えのある建物が多いです。ゆっくりと観て回るのが楽しかったです。入山料は大人1人600円ですが、本堂内陣や豊浄殿を見学する場合は追加で見学料金が必要です。せっかくなので、共に見学してみました。本堂内陣は石山寺の中心的な存在で、立派や造りや豪華な内装が印象に残りました(^^)

豊浄殿では「石山寺と紫式部展」というテーマで、源氏物語の画帖や石山寺の縁起絵巻が展示されていました。特に印象に残ったのは、源氏物語の画帖です。眩しい金色の台紙の上に、細かな絵と文字で源氏物語の一場面が描かれています。あまりの巧妙さに、何度も顔を近づけて観てしまう程の魅力がありました☆

境内の美しい緑も魅力の一つです。東大門を抜けて参道を歩いている時、思わず心が穏やかなに和む、そんな瞬間がありました☆全体を通して、歴史ある建物や貴重な資料を見れ、行って本当に良かったと思います(^^)

アクセスについてです。JR石山駅からは京阪電車よりも、路線バスの利用をオススメします。路線バスは石山寺の東大門近くで降ろしてくれます。

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