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“Hillside Temple complex like a fortress”
Review of Onjo-ji Temple

Onjo-ji Temple
Ranked #3 of 339 things to do in Otsu
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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 least an hour visiting. The plantings are abundant and with groves of cherry & maple trees, expect crowds at peak season.

Thank nancy c
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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 are not a member, in spite of paying a stiff entry fee.
Come to Otsu, but vsit Ishiyama-dera and Hiyoshi Taisha.

2  Thank Glen W
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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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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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