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Onjoji Temple

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Address: 246 Onjojicho, Otsu 520-0036, Shiga Prefecture
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Great view over Otsu & Lake Biwa

This temple is high up on the hillside, giving a great view over Otsu and Lake Biwa, you can really get a feel for just how scenic and beautiful Shiga is from up here! The temple... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This temple is high up on the hillside, giving a great view over Otsu and Lake Biwa, you can really get a feel for just how scenic and beautiful Shiga is from up here! The temple itself is a great building as well, and around the area there are many smaller temples and structures to see, including a massive bell... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Quite a nice walk walking around the temple. Must be really pretty during autumn. My favorite spot would be the top which you can see lake and mountain view.

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1 Thank Tawan U
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724 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Onjyoji, also called Miidera, is an old temple in Otsu. My wife and I went there to watch cherry blossoms in April. During the season of cherry blossoms, the temple was also open at night, and the ambiance was quite different between day and night. The pity was that the color of cherry blossoms was not clearly distinguishable due to... More 

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Thank Kimitaka S
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

If you want a quick day trip out of Kyoto, then you should consider the city of Otsu and the Miidera temple complex. A thirty minute train ride from Kyoto will take you to Otsu, a lovely lakeside city. Then it's an easy fifteen minute walk along the attractive Biwa canal up to Miidera. Once there, you'll find the park... More 

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new york city
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

The Miidera has extensive grounds and a number of temples with viewpoints high above Lake Biwa and Otsu. There's a fascinating climate controlled museum where artifacts like screen paintings and statues are displayed, but many architectural and sculpted treasures are found in various sites. There are steep outdoor staircases , so be prepared for the effort and to spend at... More 

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Thank nancy c
Wurzburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

This historically important temple has fallen on bad times. Their best National Treasures are inaccessible, unmarked on their poor map, and the other buildings are in terrible shape. The great Sutra Library seems to have been surrenderd to the mice. Information almost no-existent, nearly unreadable even for an educated Japanese. The place breathes the atmosphere of a secret sciety, andyou... More 

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Thank Glen W
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2015

but I must say that Enryaku-ji was much more spectacular. The buildings themselves are not exceptional to my eyes, I found the temples in Kyoto or Enryaku-ji far more compelling.

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Thank Public_Dave
billingham cleveland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2014

as beautiful and historic as anything kyoto has to offer but without the crowds. we visited on a monday and had the place pretty much to our selves. huge complex of ancient temple buildings set in beautiful woodland with great views of biwa. profoundly beautiful and restorative to the soul.

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