Set on the side of a mountain overlooking Lake Biwa, Ishiyama-dera temple was a popular pilgrimage in Murasaki's day. It was founded in 749 and is headquarters of one of the Shingon Buddhist sects.
Moon-viewing pavillion above Ishiyama-dera which was visited by Emperor Go-Shirakawa at the end of the Heian Era.
Lanterns inside the hondo.
Muyu-En Garden in Autumn.
Murasaki is said to have begun writing The Tale of Genji at Ishiyamadera Temple on the night of the full moon, August 1004. To commemorate this event, the temple maintains a Genji Room with a life-size figure of the author at work.
Figure of Murasaki Shikibu in the Genji Room.
Nyorin Kannon with the Wheel of Law.
The temple's tahoto (treasure tower) was built by Minamoto Yoritomo in the Kamakura period, and is the oldest of its type in Japan.
The tahoto in Autumn.
Statue of Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Genji, on the hillside at Ishiyamadera.
Cherry blossom in the Muyu-En Garden at Ishiyamadera Temple.
Irises in Muyu-en garden.
The entrance to Ishiyama-dera temple is guarded by two nio.
Momiji at Ishiyamadera Temple.
Path to the pond.
Cherry blossom above the pond.