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Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Otsu

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Admire views of the largest lake in the country, framed by the surrounding mountains and plant life, from Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), one of the four largest temples in Japan. Enjoy wandering the peaceful grounds, admiring the picturesque historic structures, koi carp pond, and the site's impressive pagoda. Check out the temple's bell, which has been admired for its resonant sound in literature and lore since ancient times. During spring, you'll be treated to the spectacular bloom of the site's 1,500 cherry blossom trees. Add Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) to your Otsu travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Otsu trip builder app.
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  • We took off the train at Hama-Otsu Station. Of course, Miidera Station is the nearest station to Mii-dera Temple, but we were going to have Japanese sweets near Hama-Otsu Station. After the sweets... 
    We took off the train at Hama-Otsu Station. Of course, Miidera Station is the nearest station to Mii-dera Temple, but we were going to have Japanese sweets near Hama-Otsu Station. After the sweets...  more »
  •    《Omi-Shrine》 This shrine is located at Otsu city in Shiga prefecture north side from Kyoto. The main god is Emperor... 
       《Omi-Shrine》 This shrine is located at Otsu city in Shiga prefecture north side from Kyoto. The main god is Emperor...  more »
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  • A rather large temple complex which costs 600 yen to enter. Note that there is some light climbing up stairs if you are immobile but it's easy getting around this temple. Expect to spend around an hour here and there is also a treasure house so did not enter which costs 300 yen. No photos inside the temple buildings. Would look great in autumn and crowds smaller as it's not Kyoto
  • It's a great place to see, and there are only a few people, which means its easy to see around. One can also get to view the sprawling city of Shiga from the viewpoint.

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