Most viewed - Ishiyama-dera Temple 石山寺
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Ishiyama-dera temple is a 10-min. walk from Ishiyama-dera Station on the Keihan Ishisaka Line. You can transfer to the Keihan Line at JR Ishiyama Station on the Tokaido Line.321 views
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.302 views
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PR poster277 views
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Heading back through the Yume Kairo path.262 views
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Cherry blossoms along Seta River in Otsu, Lake Biwa's only outflowing river.218 views
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu at Ishiyama-dera, Otsu, Shiga.210 views
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Mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間148 views
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View of Seta River in spring from Ishiyama-dera. Ahead is Lake Biwa.144 views
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During early or mid-April, you can see cherry blossoms while walking from the station to the Ishiyama-dera along the Seta River.139 views
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Keihan Ishiyama Station with a sign showing Lady Murasaki Shikubu saying "Welcome to Otsu, Lake Capital."132 views
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Otsu Hikaru-kun, official mascot of Otsu. He is based on the Hikaru Genji character in the Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji) novel. おおつ光ルくん127 views
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Mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間108 views
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.105 views
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Ishiyama-dera's Moon-viewing Pavilion and cherry blossoms. Not open to the public. 月見亭99 views
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After passing through Todamon Gate, there is the Sando path leading to the temple complex. See fall leaves in Nov. 参道93 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Ishiyama-dera from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series. Looking toward Lake Biwa.92 views
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Lady Murasaki Shikibu's inkstone case.91 views
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Cherry blossoms and Tahoto pagoda at Ishiyama-dera.91 views
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Near the entrance to the Hondo main hall is this Genji Monogatari folding screen replica.90 views
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The stone in fall.89 views
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At Ishiyama-dera, inside Room of Genji is a lifesize doll of Lady Murasaki Shikibu who wrote Tale of Genji, one of Japan's most famous novels.89 views
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.88 views
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Moss on roof88 views
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Entrance gate to Genji Millennium exhibitions. Admission 1000 yen to see both the exhibitions and temple.86 views
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Tahoto's ground floor has a dome-shaped ceiling and a square pent roof, a round second floor and square roof.85 views
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Inside 豊浄院 is more Genji-related exhibits.84 views
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Ishiyama-dera's weeping cherries and azalea bushes to bloom in late April.80 views
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Straight ahead is the huge slab of black stone which gave the temple its name. Ishiyama means Stone Mountain. The pagoda above is the Tahoto, a National Treasure and positioned perfectly for our line of sight from below.80 views
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Continuing on the Yume Kairo path.79 views
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Inside Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall 本堂79 views
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Official mascot greets visitors on the main path to Ishiyama-dera temple.78 views
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明王院78 views
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Go up the stone steps and pass by a Shinto shrine. 78 views
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Lady Murasaki supposedly wrote the novel in this room at Ishiyama-dera in Otsu.78 views
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Walk further down the Yume Kairo path and see the gate to another garden called 拾翠園.76 views
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Inside the room of Murasaki Shikibu is a mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間76 views
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Painting of a scene from Tale of Genji on square paper.76 views
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San-mon Gate Deva King (right side).76 views
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The garden has a building called 淳浄館 which is an exhibition space. Buildings like this are usually not open to the public.75 views
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Genji Monogatari folding screen replica.75 views
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Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall, a National Treasure. 本堂75 views
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Genji Millenium sign with "Genji Yume" (Genji Dream) kanji logo on the right. Otsu is not the only place celebrating the Genji Millenium. Kyoto and other places are also celebrating.74 views
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Inside 世尊院. When I was there, beautiful embroidery showing scenes from the Tale of Genji was displayed.74 views
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Impressive San-mon Gate, also called Todaimon. The defacto front gate of the temple. 東大門 MAP74 views
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Closeup of embroidery.73 views
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Lady Murasaki on a postcard.71 views
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Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall 本堂71 views
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Tahoto pagoda, Ishiyama-dera70 views
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Inside Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall 本堂70 views
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The Sando path also has cherry trees in April. Late April brings azaleas.70 views
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Keihan Ishiyama-dera Station with Genji Millenium banners. Tale of Genji Millennium was held in 2008 in Otsu. 源氏物語千年紀69 views
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密蔵院.69 views
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Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall altar. 本堂69 views
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Inside 淳浄館. A collection of hanging scrolls written with waka love poems from Genji Monogatari. Free admission.68 views
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Cherry trees also greet you at the temple.68 views
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Finally we see Ishiyama-dera's beautiful Tahoto pagoda, a National Treasure in Otsu.68 views
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Map of Ishiyama-dera68 views
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Another room in the 世尊院 showed more embroidery, mainly of flowers. The exhibition here will change a few times during 2008.67 views
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Souvenir shop and rest space.67 views
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Lady Murasaki Shikibu's diary.67 views
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Room of Murasaki Shikibu and Genji. 紫式部源氏の間65 views
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Ishiyama-dera Hondo Hall, a National Treasure.65 views
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Ishiyama-dera is a temple complex of numerous buildings. This is the Kannon-do Hall.65 views
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Path to Ishiyama-dera temple with Genji Millenium banners. In Otsu, the Genji Millenium event will be held from March 18 to Dec. 14, 2008.64 views
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Omido Hall 御影堂64 views
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This is what you see at the top of the stone steps. Founded in 749, Ishiyama-dera, belonging to the Shingon Buddhist Sect, is the 13th Temple of the Saigoku Pilgrimage.64 views
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Ishiyama-dera's stone and Tahoto pagoda.64 views
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There's also the 金龍社 shrine in a pond.63 views
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Daikokudendo temple dedicated to Daikokuten. 大黒天堂63 views
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Mieido Hall dedicated to Kobo Daishi who founded Shingon Sect, to Roben 良弁僧正, the founder of Ishiyama-dera, and to Shunnyu Naiku 淳祐内供, the third head priest of Ishiyama-dera. 御影堂63 views
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A Tahoto pagoda has two stories, a square roof, and a round building. 多宝塔63 views
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Cafe de Genji, which is actually a Japanese-style garden called Kofuen 公風園.62 views
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Inside Daikokudo temple.62 views
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Next to the Kannon-do is the Bishamon-do Hall.62 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Autumn Moon at Ishiyama from his "Omi Hakkei" (Eight Views of Omi) series. The temple on stilts and Moon-viewing Pavilion is visible.62 views
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The main path to Ishiyama-dera temple has been converted to the Genji Yume Kairo (Genji Dream Path). Along the way are a few buildings open to the public. 源氏夢回廊61 views
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Walls with excerpts from the novel.61 views
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Statue of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.61 views
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The Hondo also has this Room of Genji.61 views
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Entrance to Cafe de Genji, an open-air garden where you can sit and have tea.60 views
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Next, we go out and head for the 明王院.60 views
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Rennyo-do Hall, dedicated to Rennyo, prominent priest of the Jodo Shinshu Sect. 蓮如堂60 views
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The Tahoto was built in 1194 upon the patronage of Minamoto Yoritomo. It is Japan's oldest Tahoto and one of the three most famous ones.60 views
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Further along the Yume Kairo path.59 views
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Next is the 明王院, another temple building.59 views
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Steps going to the Hondo Hall, Ishiyama-dera's main worship hall and a National Treasure.59 views
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豊浄院58 views
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Path to 豊浄院58 views
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Inside Bishamon-do Hall is Bishamon.58 views
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Ishiyama-dera stone marker during sakura season in April.58 views
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Entrance to 世尊院.57 views
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Inside 密蔵院 was a robot exhibition. Only two robots on display, no resemblance to anything.57 views
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Inside 豊浄院57 views
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Inside Rennyo-do Hall.57 views
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The Kannon-do Hall stores many Kannon statues.57 views
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First you enter this building called 世尊院.56 views
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There's also a fine view of a rock garden outside.56 views
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Inside 明王院 is an exhibition space showing works by award-winning novelist Tanabe Seiko 田辺聖子 who wrote a new version of Genji Monogatari.56 views
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Entering 明王院.56 views
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Closeup of the stone, designated as a Natural Monument.56 views
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View as we head toward the Tahoto pagoda.56 views
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Ishiyama-dera temple Hondo main hall 本堂55 views
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Bishamon-do Hall was built in 1773. 毘沙門堂55 views
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密蔵院 is another building with an exhibition.54 views
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San-mon Gate Deva King (left side)54 views
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Soon you see the gate to Daikokudendo temple on the right.53 views
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Gate to 密蔵院.53 views
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Steps to 密蔵院.53 views
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Waterwheel53 views
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View of 明王院.51 views
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Waterwheel51 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Autumn Moon at Ishiyama from his "Omi Hakkei" (Eight Views of Omi) series. The Moon-viewing Pavilion is visible.50 views
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密蔵院49 views
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Ishiyama-dera temple Hondo main hall 本堂49 views
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Bell tower 鐘楼48 views
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Japanese garden47 views
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In winter. The Omido Hall is on the left, and Bishamon-do on the right.46 views
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Plum blossoms.46 views
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One-yen coins are stuffed into the cracks of the stone.46 views
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In fall46 views
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If you're a woman and sit on the rock under the Sutra Repository, you"re supposed be able to give birth safely. So don't be surprised to see a woman sitting under the building.46 views
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Sutra Repository 経蔵45 views
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View of fall leaves below Hondo Hall 本堂45 views
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Inside the Tahoto is this altar for Dainichi Nyorai. 大日如来44 views
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Sign explaining the Natural Monument.43 views
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Early-blooming cherry blossoms.43 views
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In fall.43 views
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Ishiyama-dera's Japanese garden in spring.42 views
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Hall to Moon-viewing Pavilion. 42 views
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About the memorials.42 views
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Memorials next to Tahoto dedicated to Minamoto Yoritomo and Kamegayatsu. 源頼朝 亀ケ谷禅尼42 views
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Ishiyama-dera also has a grove of plum blossoms which bloom in Feb.41 views
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Ema votive tablets on which you write your prayers and wishes.41 views
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About the Tahoto40 views
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Plum blossoms40 views
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About the altar inside the Tahoto.39 views
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Plum tree38 views
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In fall36 views
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Fall leaves on a rock formation.35 views
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Ishiyama-dera in fall34 views
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Ishiyama-dera's hidden, giant Buddha (Kannon) is visible through the altar. 17 views
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Normally, you cannot see this Buddha through the altar since the Buddha is housed behind closed doors. We were allowed to walk behind the altar to see the giant Buddha in its shelter with the doors open. 17 viewsA large, impressive Buddha. No photos were allowed.
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From March 18 to Dec. 4, 2016, Ishiyama-dera held a special display of their hidden Buddha. Shown only once every 33 years.15 views
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Admission was charged to see the hidden Buddha. 15 views
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This smaller Buddha was used to obstruct the view of the hidden Buddha from non-paying visitors.15 views
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The line to see the hidden Buddha.14 views
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It didn't that long to see the hidden Buddha.14 views
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Statue of Lady Murasaki writing Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari).14 views
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Path to Ishiyama-dera in autumn.13 views
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Sit on the rock under the Sutra Repository,13 views
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Hondo main temple hall12 views
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Inside Hondo12 views
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The large, hidden Buddha also had smaller Kannon statues inside. These were also displayed.12 views
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Room of Genji12 views
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Room of Genji12 views
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At Ishiyama-dera, inside Room of Genji is a lifesize doll of Lady Murasaki Shikibu who in the 11th century wrote Tale of Genji, one of Japan's most famous novels.12 views
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Ema prayer tablet12 views
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Omikuji paper fortunes12 views
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Hondo12 views
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Torii at a Buddhist temple12 views
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During Ishiyama-dera's display of the hidden Kannon Buddha, they also allowed the public to ring the temple bell for a small fee.12 views
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During Ishiyama-dera's display of the hidden Kannon Buddha, they also allowed the public to ring the temple bell for a small fee.12 views
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Ishiyama-dera's bell12 views
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Tahoto in autumn12 views
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Inside the Tahoto is this altar for Dainichi Nyorai. 大日如来12 views
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Inside the Tahoto is this altar for Dainichi Nyorai. 大日如来12 views
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Dainichi Nyorai. 大日如来12 views
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Ishiyama-dera is also noted for autumn leaves.12 views
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Lots of autumn colors in Ishiyama-dera.12 views
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心経堂12 views
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心経堂12 views
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豊浄院 temple museum12 views
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Inside 豊浄院12 views
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