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Onjo-ji Temple

246 Onjojicho, Otsu 520-0036, Shiga Prefecture
+81 77-522-2238
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Don't call it the Onjo-ji Temple

Although locals mostly still recognize the name Onjo-ji Temple, it is universally referred to as... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Darrell P
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... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
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246 Onjojicho, Otsu 520-0036, Shiga Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Although locals mostly still recognize the name Onjo-ji Temple, it is universally referred to as the Mii-dera Temple (Temple of Three Wells). Every time I used the old name, I was corrected. We were in Otsu on other business & decided to tour this Temple....More

Thank Darrell P
Reviewed 21 April 2017

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...More

Thank ExplorerC9
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.

2  Thank Tawan U
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....More

1  Thank Kimitaka S
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...More

2  Thank Leonard G
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...More

Thank nancy c
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...More

Thank Glen W
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.

Thank Public_Dave
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...More

Thank everylittlebreeze
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