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Friday, September 20, 2013

Ishiyama Temple Fall Illumination Festival

Ishiyama Temple名月彩る源氏物語 石山寺秋月祭

To celebrate the harvest moon, Ishiyama Temple is hosting its annual fall festival.

From September 18th until the 21st, the grounds of the temple will be decorated with 2,000 Japanese lanterns.

The illumination captures the mood of early fall and is divine.

Ishiyama Temple is of course where Lady Murasaki Shikibu wrote Genji Monogatari, the world's first novel.

In addition to the lanterns, there will be readings of sections of Genji, dance, and musical performances.


Access: 10-minute walk from Keihan Ishiyamadera Station, or bus from JR Biwako Line Ishiyama Stn. and soon after getting off at Ishiyamadera-Sanmonmae bus stop.

500 yen entrance fee

Ishiyama Temple
1-1-1 Ishiyama Dera, Otsu City, Shiga 520-0861 Telephone 077 537 0013

For cyclists, Ishiyama Temple is an hour or so from Kyoto along the Lake Biwa route. It is over a hill and would be very dark at night.

Photo © Kyoto Shinbun


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