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Ishiyamadera Temple

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 4:20 PM
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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 13 July 2018
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 30 June 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
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1-1-1 Ishiyamadera, Otsu 520-0861, Shiga Prefecture
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Juntasinee
Reviewed 20 June 2018

+ 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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank gibot143
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

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank TheOutdoorholic
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

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank 1966Jamo
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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank VanessaY650
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

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank gehararigo
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

Date of experience: April 2017
3  Thank ExplorerC9
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

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank nnhuho
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

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Charmaine P
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