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 Hours

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


  • No closing days

Access / Public Transport

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

Address / Location

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