Mii-dera or otherwise known as Onjo-ji is temple under the Tendai-jimon sect of Buddhism.
Kondo, one of the principal structures in the temple designated as a National Treasure, enshrines an image of Miroku-Bosatsu, a deity that is believed to appear in the future as the successor of Buddha.
The temple is also known for its huge bell that has been admired by writing in literatures since the ancient times. It is best to visit when the 1,500 cherry trees bloom, surrounding the temple.
Mii-dera or otherwise known as Onjo-ji Temple is very proximate to the biggest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa.
Take a 15-minute bus ride from JR Otsu Station and get-off at Miidera-mae Stop.
The temple is open around the year. Admission fee costs 500 yen.
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