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


5.02 months ago

Loved this temple complex. The garden at the bottom of the hill is beautiful, with ponds and streams and moss. Up the hill it is airy and dotted with interesting buildings.

5.09 months ago

Amazing light up night festival during the fall foliage season.

5.09 months ago

Amazing place! I highly recommend it. It's not as crowded as many of the sightseeing places around Kyoto, and is just as impressive!

5.010 months ago

Very nice view in Autumn. Many momichi trees are turning into red or red brown around the temple. There are a lot of buildings on the hill and beautiful places for hiking or walking.

5.010 months ago

National treasure temple built on a mountain. It has the oldest compound pagoda in Japan. Climbing up the Stony mountain gives you nice views of the lake below.

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