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Temples & Shrines

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

Hieizan has been revered as a sacred mountain since ancient times. To the east you can see Lake Biwa, and to the west there is a panoramic view of Kyoto.

Mii-dera Temple

This temple’s full name is Nagarasan Onjo-ji, with a rich history and culture, and a number of cultural assets and legends.

Ishiyama-dera Temple

A temple associated with Murasaki Shikibu. It is also known as the ‘flower temple’ since it has various flowers in bloom year-round.

Hogon-ji Temple

Hogon-ji is a temple on Chikubushima Island (Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture). As well as being sacred ground for the Goddess of Mercy (Kannon), it is also regarded as one of Japan’s three benzaiten goddesses.

Ukimido Temple

It was constructed in the Heian period (794-1185) to pray for safety on the lake and enlightenment of the masses.

Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine

This is the general headquarters for the 3800 or so Hiyoshi, Hie and Sanno shrines around the country, and is a shrine for warding off evil spirits and misfortune.

Omi Jingu Shrine

Omi Jingu Shrine (dedicated to the Emperor Tenji) is a registered cultural property, as representative of shrine construction in the Showa period (1926-1989).

Shirahige Shrine

Omi’s oldest shrine, it is famous for the large torii gate that stands in Lake Biwa.

Tsukubusuma Shrine(Chikubushima Shrine)

A shrine located on Chikubushima Island (Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture). With its splendid embellishments in the main hall, it is designated as a national treasure.