Saimyo-ji Temple

Saimyo-ji Temple, Kora-cho

Saimyo-ji Temple
4.5
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
By hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
“Wonderful garden, peaceful temple compound - fabulous autumn day trip”
Nov 2018
The garden was stunning with momiji at peak right near blooming sakura. This is one of the few places where you can see gorgeous sakura and momiji at the same time. We have seen winter blooming sakura elsewhere along with red maples, but the sakura trees here are spectacular, large and old and, in fact, one 250 year old tree is a National Treasure. A very long flight of moss covered stone stairs begins the path up to the garden and temple. This uphill walk to the main gate and hall should be taken even though you can drive up to an entrance just outside the garden where there is a parking lot. After visiting the garden, make your way up another flight of steps to the main hall, pagoda, bell tower and other temple buildings. The main hall is Japan’s first named Designated National Treasure. Our prime target at the temple was the garden, but we visited the buildings as well. I have written about the garden and some of the buildings in separate entries. We took the train from Nagahama, where we were staying, to Hikone. There we were instructed by the very helpful TIC woman which public bus to take to Taga City. Several people waiting for the bus made sure we took the right one. We got off at the town hall in Taga City and, as the TIC woman had suggested, we asked someone there to call a taxi for us. The staff was very helpful and eventually the cab arrived. When we were ready to leave the temple, we asked for help from the woman tending the entrance ticket booth. She called a cab for us which was much appreciated. She even came down to the street with us to show us where to wait for the cab and then when the taxi driver called her to say he had arrived she came running to be sure he found us. Everyone who helped us this day made it a special event for us and we are very grateful for the help. (If we had visited a few days earlier we would have been able to take the Koto Sanzan Shuttle Bus, which runs to the three temples in the area for autumn foliage.) Definitely worth a day trip from Hikone, Nagahama, Otsu or even farther afield.

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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
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Nov 2018
The garden was stunning with momiji at peak right near blooming sakura. This is one of the few places where you can see gorgeous sakura and momiji at the same time. We have seen winter blooming sakura elsewhere along with red maples, but the sakura trees here are spectacular, large and old and, in fact, one 250 year old tree is a National Treasure.

A very long flight of moss covered stone stairs begins the path up to the garden and temple. This uphill walk to the main gate and hall should be taken even though you can drive up to an entrance just outside the garden where there is a parking lot.

After visiting the garden, make your way up another flight of steps to the main hall, pagoda, bell tower and other temple buildings.

The main hall is Japan’s first named Designated National Treasure.

Our prime target at the temple was the garden, but we visited the buildings as well. I have written about the garden and some of the buildings in separate entries.

We took the train from Nagahama, where we were staying, to Hikone. There we were instructed by the very helpful TIC woman which public bus to take to Taga City. Several people waiting for the bus made sure we took the right one. We got off at the town hall in Taga City and, as the TIC woman had suggested, we asked someone there to call a taxi for us. The staff was very helpful and eventually the cab arrived. When we were ready to leave the temple, we asked for help from the woman tending the entrance ticket booth. She called a cab for us which was much appreciated. She even came down to the street with us to show us where to wait for the cab and then when the taxi driver called her to say he had arrived she came running to be sure he found us. Everyone who helped us this day made it a special event for us and we are very grateful for the help.

(If we had visited a few days earlier we would have been able to take the Koto Sanzan Shuttle Bus, which runs to the three temples in the area for autumn foliage.)

Definitely worth a day trip from Hikone, Nagahama, Otsu or even farther afield.
Written October 3, 2019
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Juntasinee
Bangkok, Thailand304 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
The temple was found in 834. The temple main hall and three story pagoda are considered to be Designated National Treasure as well as its Nitenmon Gate is considered to be Designated Important Cultural Property. The temple also have a lot of things considered to be Cultural Property. The temple's garden is very nice. When you enter the temple, you can feel peacefulness. In the main hall, there are 12 God Statues that protect 12 each Zodiac. You can write your wish on your zodiac paper by donate 500Yen and the monk will pray for you. There is guide inside the Main Hall to explain about the temple. He was very friendly and even he could not speak English, we still communicated by using our action and sign language. It was great that we understood each other. When I was there, I found no foreigner. The temple is a nice place for those who want to escape from popular tourist attraction. Anyway, it will be more convenient to reach if you drive the car.
Written August 5, 2018
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Emily L
Oxford, MI173 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Lovely temple and gardens! One of the oldest in Japan. The three story pagoda and main temple structure are National Treasures. The guest services have brochures in Japanese and info sheets in English. It's ¥500 to enter. Very lovely and peaceful! And unlike most temples in Japan, these aren't replicas!
Written September 5, 2015
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