Saimyo-ji Temple
Saimyo-ji Temple
Saimyo-ji Temple
Saimyo-ji Temple
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Built in the Kamakura period (1185 - 1333), the Main Hall and Three-story Pagoda are designated as a National Treasure and were constructed in the pure Japanese architectural style that doesn't use a single nail. The temple is a popular place to view the autumn colors. With over 1,000 maple trees, the temple will be nothing short of amazing when the leaves turn red come fall. The Fudanzakura cherry tree, which blooms between autumn and spring, can also be found on its ground. This makes the temple one of the few places where you can enjoy cherry blossoms and autumn foliage at the same time.

  • Address

    26 Ikedera, Kora, Inukami, Shiga

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  • Entry fee

    Adults (16 years and over): ¥500
    Teenager (12 - 15 years): ¥300
    Child (6 - 11 years): ¥100

  • Opening Hours

    8:00 - 17:00
    National Treasure Three-story Pagoda Wall Painting Exhibition (Closed on rainy days)
    Spring: April 8 - May 8
    Autumn: November 8 - November 30

  • Closed


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  • Best Season

    All year

  • Point

    There is a cedar tree over 1,000 years in age to the right of Nitenmon Gate. Known as the Meoto-sugi (Wedded Cedar), the tree is actually two trees that have merged together. It is regarded as a sacred tree which will bring good luck in relationships, pregnancy, and smooth childbirth.

  • Nearest Station/IC Access

    Take the Kayahara Line Bus from JR Kawase Station and get off at Kaneya bus stop. It is a 20-minute walk from there.

    30 minutes Maibara Station on from Tokaido Shinkansen.
    12 minutes from Amago Station on Ohmi Railway.

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