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: 1-1-1 Ishiyamadera, Otsu-shi, Shiga
Admission Fee: 500 yen (regular fee)
[Walk]Keihan Ishiyamadera Stn./10-min. walk