Iwama-dera Temple (Iwamaseiho-dera Temple)
The beginnings of this temple are said to trace back to the Nara Period (710-794), when the Buddhist priest Taicho carved what is now the temple’s primary object of worship: a statue of the thousand-armed bodhisattva Kannon.
The temple belongs to the Shingon sect of Buddhism.
The statue of Kannon here is very well known, and also known by the names of “Asekaki” (Sweating) Kannon, or “Bokefuji” (Preventer of Dementia) Kannon.
Iwama-dera Temple is the twelfth amulet-issuing temple of the 33 Temples of West Japan containing a figure of Kannon.
|Address||82 Ishiyamauchi Hata-cho, Otsu City|
・From JR Ishiyama Station, take a bus to "Chisenjo" bus stop, and walk for 50 min
*On the 17th of each month, there is a direct bus that departs from JR Ishiyama Station
15 min from the Kyoshi Bypass Ishiyama Interchange
|Parking||50 cars, several larger vehicles|
|Business Hours||9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Price||500 yen entry fee.
*Visitors may enter the Main Hall.
*Fees have been revised as of March 1, 2016.
A shuttle bus runs to the temple from Ishiyama Station on the 17th of each month.