Ishiyama-dera

  • Address: 1-1-1 Ishiyamadera, Ōtsu-shi, Shiga Prefecture
    ( rough location)
  • Founder: Rōben
  • Founded: 747

A temple of Tōji Shingon Sect. It is said that Murasaki Shikibu, the author of the Tale of Genji, got the inspiration of the story when she visited this temple. This temple is built on huge solid rock, of which comes its name (stony mountain temple). Its tahōtō (a kind of Japanese pagoda) is one of the oldest.






"Tōdaimon", the East Grand Gate




This temple is constructed on a huge monolith of "wollastonite",
from which came the name of the temple Ishiyama-dera, temple of stone mountain




The Wollatonite of Ishiyamadera - one of the national Natural Monuments




The veranda of the main hall is supported by tall pillars like that of
Kiyomizudera, called "Kakezukuri" style




The colored foliage of maples seen over the veranda of the main hall




The entrance to the main hall




















"Tahōtō", pagoda of many treasures
(one of the three famous pagodas of Japan)




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