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Ishiyama-dera Temple

Travel Guide - Ishiyama-dera Temple


Ishiyama-dera Temple, which belongs to the Shingon sect of Buddhism, was founded in 747 by the high priest Roben of Todai-ji Temple in Nara at the command of Emperor Shomu. The temple once burned in 1078 and was rebuilt in 1096 by Minamoto-no-Yoritomo. Then part of the temple was rebuilt by Yodogimi, a wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 17th century.
The temple's name "Ishiyama", which literally means stony mountain, was named for the Wollastonite rocks that crop up in the middle of the temple grounds. The rocks are now recognized as a national natural treasure.
The Genji-no-Ma (the Hall of Genji) next to the temple's Hondo main hall is famed as the place where the famous lady writer Murasaki Shikibu wrote "The Tale of the Genji" in the 11th century. The classical Japanese literature is sometimes called perhaps the world's first and certainly one of the longest novel. A statue of Murasaki Shikibu has also been erected in the temple grounds as another memorial to her.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 8:00 - 16:30 *admission until 30 minutes before closing


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 600 yen (General, Adult)
  • 600 yen (Student)
  • 250 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes walk from Ishiyamadera Station on the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line (OT01)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1-1-1, Ishiyamadera, Otsu-shi, Shiga, 520-0861


Masterpiece of Japan @JapanTraCul - 2019-10-20
A picture scroll of the Ishiyama temple's histories, by Tani Buncho (1763-1841) https://t.co/guodfk3fd8
KR @KR93887130 - 2019-10-19
Photos of this trip #8: Ishiyama Temple(Ishiyama Dera) #Temple https://t.co/7cfIm5ToAC
Masterpiece of Japan @JapanTraCul - 2019-09-11
Murasaki Shikibu at Ishiyamadera Temple, based on the print “The Moon at Ishiyama,” from the series One Hundred Asp… https://t.co/xLQ2rNKSiz
Masterpiece of Japan @JapanTraCul - 2019-07-13
'A picture scroll of the Ishiyama temple's histories No.6(a part)' by Tani Buncho (1763-1841) https://t.co/IYHAFqjuMm
Ando Hiroshige @ando_hiroshige - 2019-07-04
Hiroshige II
Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple (Ishiyama shûgetsu), from the 1859 series Eight Views of Ômi by Hiroshi… https://t.co/dtwJ8rOlwY
Rising Sun Prints @RisingSunPrints - 2019-06-20
Autumn Moon at Ishiyama

A temple stands atop of the steep rocky cliff and the long Seta Bridge is visible in the… https://t.co/z8TAmy961O
Masterpiece of Japan @JapanTraCul - 2019-06-05
Evening Scene at Ishiyama Temple by Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) https://t.co/soGjIwc2R8
🎨 @DanoManion - 2019-05-10
Evening Scene at Ishiyama Temple, 1917 by Shinsui Ito #ukiyoe #shinsuiito https://t.co/ltxkNVZieO
✨Liz ✨🍄 @Lizardskinshojo - 2019-04-17
Sacred things miraculously surviving fires is of personal interest (my header image is from the handscroll I did my… https://t.co/xmXIGp43y1
Amy Afua @AmyAfua - 2019-04-01
Osaka Castle, Osaka Japan 🇯🇵

The location of the Osaka Castle was built on the land of the once Ishiyama Hongan-j… https://t.co/GWq0bp63y6
Lesley Kehoe @LKG_JapaneseArt - 2019-03-22
Genji at the MET: great article and super video: https://t.co/V5bfNbNWwk

Written by a woman, and the MET space con… https://t.co/WzfY1Utl4m
Zach Brown (ザック・ブラウン) @moredeploys - 2019-03-18
Just walked past and Edo Period street sign on our way to Ishiyama Temple. https://t.co/ns3agT4c4X
Alexandra Munroe @akmunroe - 2019-03-05
Priests from Ishiyama Temple consecrate the opening of the Met’s glorious Genji show. Congratulations to curators J… https://t.co/I00KAshLRV
Masterpiece of Japan @JapanTraCul - 2019-02-28
A picture scroll of the Ishiyama temple's histories No.6(a part) by Tani Buncho (1763-1841) https://t.co/x8xejdnrXe
DAN🕳️ MANION @DanoManion - 2019-02-20
Evening Scene at Ishiyama Temple, 1917 by Shinsui Ito #ukiyoe #shinsuiito https://t.co/OHk91mTq4f
デーン DⒶyne 🌉 @NobleDayne - 2019-02-14
@Makno20 The Mori were aiding the Ikko-Ikki with naval support to weaken the Oda. Once the Ishiyama-Honganji temple… https://t.co/czbScsWlaG
デーン DⒶyne 🌉 @NobleDayne - 2019-02-14
@Makno20 They were similar to sikhs in that they were pacifists but believed strongly in self-defense, which why Ik… https://t.co/JgzqoZoIim
デーン DⒶyne 🌉 @NobleDayne - 2019-02-14
@Makno20 Which is why they could hold out so long against sieges. The Ishiyama Honganji temple complex, which would… https://t.co/NT4pV9CFZU
Ando Hiroshige @ando_hiroshige - 2019-02-11
Autumn Scene at Ishiyama Temple, from the 1852 series Eight Views of Ômi #hiroshige #ukiyoe https://t.co/C24ofFIxRU
japantrip.navi @japantripnavi - 2019-02-08
[#japantrip_osaka ]◀️see more👀
Osaka Castle
The construction of Osaka Castle… https://t.co/DIrLtAgBJx
te一° @coooocoooocoooo - 2019-01-13
My grandfather 's father died when my grandfather was a child.
I have seen only one of the pictures of my great-gra… https://t.co/anCEsCuaei
Adam McKay @AdamGlenMcKay - 2019-01-01
Happy new year from Japan. May all your photos be in focus and your jump shots wet.

Taken at Ishiyama Temple this… https://t.co/iPcCSyB1mF
Adam McKay @AdamGlenMcKay - 2019-01-01
Happy new year from Japan. May all your photos be in focus and your jump shots wet.

Taken at Ishiyama Temple this… https://t.co/iPcCSyB1mF
Hiro(署名のつぎにできること👉🎥) @HempHere - 2018-12-29
This year,has few days and lets do what we can do in this year.
We hope you have a happy new year and lord 'Kannon'… https://t.co/WVmSuQa7l7
Masterpiece of Japan @JapanTraCul - 2018-12-14
'A picture scroll of the Ishiyama temple's histories No.6(a part)' by Tani Buncho (1763-1841) https://t.co/Dkd9Nsdkis
Discover_Tokyo @takahiro2011 - 2018-11-25
Autumn leaves at Ishiyama temple lit up. #visit #Tokyo #Japan #discover #love #travel #tour #cool #incredible https://t.co/BzNGs7SCqs
Núria Ruiz @NuriaRM1 - 2018-11-15
Evening Scene at Ishiyama Temple, 1917 - Ito Shinsui. https://t.co/7rTVqcPIRd
Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2018-10-11
Ishiyama-dera (石山寺) claims to possess the very ink-stone owned by Murasaki when she visited the temple. Whether or… https://t.co/hFojeOgcMm
Adventures in Kyoto @KyotoDailyPhoto - 2018-10-11
Throughout the centuries Ishiyama-dera's 'Marriage Kannon' (如意輪観音) has offered hope to women, who come to pray for… https://t.co/6gQIyLURSU
Daiichi @ No.1 Taxi in Japan @daiichi_taxi_EN - 2018-09-23
Full-moon festival at Ishiyama temple @Ishiyamadera_T
23 Sep, 24 Sep.
1200 yen for admission in the evening.… https://t.co/7JXUXhUz8l


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