Within the silence of the Mecca of Japanese Buddhism, UNESCO World Heritage Site Hieizan Enryakuji Temple, and many other temples and shrines, open yourself up to the whispers of history and touch the refined Japanese spirit.
Ishiyama temple is a famous temple which is the 13th of the 33 scared temples in Kinki area; One of Omi hakkei (Eight views of Omi), also known as" Ishiyama no Shugetsu"(Autumn moon at Ishiyama). The temple was built on top of a huge wollastonite stone (natural monument) which rarely seen in Japan.
Saikyoji temple was founded by Prince Shotoku and was revived by Shinsei.It is also the head temple of Tentaishinseizo sect. As a place of Buddhist practice and precepts, the temple is always full of prayers every day.From the remaining of Akechi family's tomb, we can tell that Akechi Mitsuhide had revived the temple after the Siege of Mount Hiei.
Onjoji (Miidera) Temple
Mii no Bansho (The evening bell of Omi) in Omi Hakkei (Eight views of Omi) is the famous head temple in Tendai Tarakado sect (One of Mahayana Buddhist sect). The highlight of the national treasure main hall is the abudance of the historical heritages. Kannondo of Onjoji temple is the 14th of 33 scared temples in Kinki area which contains a statue a Avalokitesvara.
Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine is the main shrine of Sannou Festival, which has more than 3800 branch shrines around the country. It also had a long history which is recorded in Japan's Oldest history record. The shrine has 21 halls in the vast area, starting with an east and west main hall (of national treasure) which contain lots of cultural property.
Ukimido (Mangetsuji temple)
During the Heian period, Enshinsozu Genshin built a temple on top of Lake Biwa for safely and enlightenment of the masses. Now, the present building is the new one which was reconstructed in Showa era 12 (1937) and repaired in Showa era 57 (1982) but it still has the feeling of the original structure.