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Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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  6. Ishiyama-dera Temple

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Ishiyama-dera TempleShiga

The ancient temple of Ishiyama-dera was established around the middle of the 8th century by Roben Osho. The main hall, designated as a National Treasure, is located on the grounds containing an exposed wollastonite (a fantastic crag, dark gray in color, and having a wavelike pattern), which is a natural monument. Enshrined inside the main hall is an image of the Nyoirin-Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), which is designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property. The Taho-to (a pagoda that enshrines the Buddha), was built by Minamoto no Yoritomo, who ruled at the end of the 12th century. This pagoda is also designated as a National Treasure. Also contained here are many other historical and cultural properties, including the Todai-mon, a gate which is an Important Cultural Property, as well as the Genji-no-Ma, where it is said the worlds oldest novel, Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji), was written.'
Address & Access
Address: 1-1-1 Ishiyamadera, Otsu-shi, Shiga
Admission Fee: 500 yen (regular fee)
Keihan Ishiyamadera Stn./10-min. walk