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Raigo-ji Temple, Otsu

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  • A temple of the Tendai sect, located along the prefectural road on the shores of Lake Biwa. There is a large parking lot. Although it is not so big, the temple gate is said to be the remains of Sakamoto Castle built by Mitsuhide Akechi. The main hall and the Kaisando hall, which were rebuilt in the middle of the Edo period, are designated as important cultural properties. There is also the grave of Yoshinari Mori, a vassal of Oda Nobunaga, and it is said that he was spared the burning.
  • I visited on August 16, 2017. The temple is visited on August 16th every year, and on this day, temple treasures are displayed in the reception hall, which is an important cultural property. This is my fourth time. I always go on foot from Hieizan Sakamoto Station. This year, all 15 paintings of the Rokudo, which are national treasures owned by this temple, were exhibited at the Nara National Museum's "Genshin Jigoku: Door to Paradise" from July 15th to August 6th. It seems that everything will be exhibited for the first time in 11 years. I saw it 11 years ago as well. On the day the temple was open to the public, a copy of the Rokudo-e was displayed in the main hall, and the temple was explaining it. I wanted to listen to it too, but I pulled it out midway due to time constraints.

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