Set on the side of a mountain overlooking Lake Biwa, Ishiyama-dera temple was a popular pilgrimage in Murasaki's day. It is particularly beautful during the cherry-blossom season in April.
Looking down towards Muyu-en garden.
Cherry blossom falls like snow beneath the moon-viewing pavillion.
The temple is mentioned as a pilgrimage in the Ukifune chapter of The Tale of Genji.
Muyu-en garden in early April.
A path strewn with white petals.
Pilgrims walk beneath the blossoms behind the main gate.