Temples and Shrines around Biwako and Otsu
Biwako Otsu Tourist Association / Shiga
Within the silence of the Mecca of Japanese Buddhism, UNESCO World Heritage Site Hieizan Enryakuji Temple, and many other temples and shrines, open yourself up to the whispers of history and touch the refined Japanese spirit.
Hieizan Enryakuji Temple
The Hieizan Enryakuji temple is a place to pray for the world peace. Furthermore, Enryakuji temple is also a place for the learning and training of Japanese Buddhism high priests. Mt. Hie was also called the Mother mount of Japanese Buddhism.
Ishiyama is a famous temple which is number 13 of 33 scared temples in the Kinki area and one of the “Eight views of Omi” (Omi hakkei), also known as “The Autumn Moon at Ishiyama” (Ishiyama no Shugetsu). The temple was built on top of a huge wollastonite stone (natural monument) which is rarely seen in Japan.
Saikyoji temple was founded by Prince Shotoku and was revived by Shinsei. It is also the main temple for the Tentaishinseizo sect. As a place of Buddhist practice and precepts, the temple is always filled with worshippers every day. From the remains of the Akechi family’s tomb, we can tell that Akechi Mitsuhide had revived the temple after the Siege of Mount Hiei.
Onjoji (Miidera) Temple
Mii no Bansho or “The evening bell of Omi” in Omi Hakkei (Eight views of Omi) is the famous main temple of the Tendai Tarakado sect (One of Mahayana Buddhist sects). The highlight of this national treasure’s main hall is the abudance of historical heritages. “Kannondo of Onjoji” temple is the 14th of 33 scared temples in Kinki area which contains a statue a “Avalokitesvara”.
Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine is the main shrine used for the Sannou Festival, which has more than 3800 branch shrines around the country. It is recorded as one of Japan’s Oldest in history. The shrine has 21 halls within its vast grounds, starting with the east and west main halls (of national treasure) which contain large amounts of cultural property.
Ukimido (Mangetsuji Temple)
During the Heian period, Enshinsozu Genshin built a temple on top of Lake Biwa for safety and enlightenment of the masses. Now, the present building was reconstructed in 1937 (Showa Era Year 12) and repaired in 1982 (Showa Era Year 57) but it still preserves the look of the original structure.