Ishiyama-dera Temple is one of the most important National Treasure of Japan. It was established on mid 8th century by Roben Osho. It is also the 13th location on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage of 33 Buddhist Temples.
Its main hall houses Nyoirin-Kannon or the Goddess of Mercy, which was designated by Japanese government as Important Cultural Property.
More so, the temple is also believed to be the place where Murasaki Shikibu written the first novel, Tale of Genji.
Apart from having the Genji-no-Ma, or the Genji room, the temple also preserves the Tahoto, which is a treasure pagoda that enshrines the Buddha and was built by Minamoto no Yoritomo, who ruled at the end of the 12th century.
There is also a small pond within this low-key temple.
Take the Keihan Railway from Mii-dera Station to Ishiyamadera Station. For returning journey, ride the Keihan Railway to Keihan Ishiyama, where you can take transfer and take the Tohkaido Mainline to Kyoto Station.
The temple is open from 8:00 to 16:30 (last admission until 16:00). Entry costs 500 yen.
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