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Ishiyama Temple

  Mar 24th, 2012

Ishiyama Temple (石山寺) in Shiga Prefecture, said to have been constructed around 762, is the place where Murasaki Shikibu began writing The Tale of Genji, a well known Japanese literature piece. The Temple can be reached easily from Kyoto Station traveling on the Keihan Railway. The large rock formations and well preserved temple structures make for a nice visit.

Ishiyama Temple

The main entrance to Ishiyamadera

I think I was here on a National Holiday Day

I think I was here on a National Holiday Day

Nice long pathways extending to the main temple area

Nice long pathways extending to the main temple area

Taking a brief look back at the main gate

Taking a brief look back at the main gate

Nice mix of red and black here

Nice mix of red and black here

Simple but elegant

Simple but elegant

Temple in the pond?

Temple in the pond?

Washing the hands before proceeding to the temple

Washing the hands before proceeding to the temple

It was quite a walk up these stairs

It was quite a walk up these stairs

There were a number of small structures at the top of the stairs

There were a number of small structures at the top of the stairs

As the name says, this is the temple of Rock Mountain

As the name says, this is the temple of Rock Mountain

The trees were just turning a nice color

The trees were just turning a nice color

One of the temple buildings

One of the temple buildings

Ishiyama Temple

Ishiyama Temple

The red in the wooded areas came out great

The red in the wooded areas came out great

More red hidden in the foliage

More red hidden in the foliage

The doors of the main temple

The doors of the main temple

Hopes and wishes pinned up. What did I wish for? mmm, good question

Hopes and wishes pinned up. What did I wish for? mmm, good question

Entering the temple building

Entering the temple building

The tale of Hikaru Genji was said to be written here

The tale of Hikaru Genji was said to be written here

Outside the main temple building

Outside the main temple building

The wood and green work in well

The wood and green work in well

A building seemingly lost in the forest

A building seemingly lost in the forest

The path back to the main road

The path back to the main road

Small shrine along the way

Small shrine along the way

The train to Ishiyama Temple

The train to Ishiyama Temple

 

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