Onjo-ji Temple (Mii-dera Temple)
Onjo-ji Temple is the head temple of the Tendaijimon sect of Buddhism, whose “Mii Evening Bell” is famous as one of the scenic “Eight Views of Omi.”
The temple is home to a number of historical relicts, not least of which is its Kan-do Hall, a National Treasure. The Kannon-do Hall is the 14th area of sacred ground where amulets are issued in a list of 33 temples in Western Japan dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon.
Onjo-ji Temple’s history begins in 672, when a battle of succession began between two princes following the passing of the Emperor Tenji the year before, causing the outbreak of the Jinshin War. The short reign of Emperor Kobun (formerly Prince Otomo) was cut short when he was defeated in the Jinshin War, and his rival, his uncle Emperor Tenmu founded the temple in dedication to the former Emperor. The name of the temple is said to come from an imperial scroll that Emperor Tenmu bestowed on the temple, called “Onjo.”
During the Jogan Era (859-877), a monk named Enchin (posthumously named Chisho Daishi) revived Onjo-ji as a temple of the Buddhist Tendai sect. After his death, conflict broke out between Onjo-ji Temple and Enryaku-ji Temple, the powerful Genji and Heike clans, and between separate Northern and Southern Imperial courts, which resulted in much religious persecution. But Enchin’s followers perserved with belief in him, and his teachings are still alive to this day.
Onjo-ji Temple lights up its 1,000 blossoming cherry trees in spring, and in the fall there are many places to see colorful autumn leaves.
|Address||246 Onjoji-cho, Otsu City|
・20 min walk from JR Otsu Station
・15 min walk from JR Otsu-Kyo Station
・10 min walk from Keihan Mii-dera Station
10 min from Meishin Expressway Kyoto-Higashi Interchange
|Parking||350 cars, 30 large vehicles (Fee required)|
|Business Hours||8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
|Price||Adults 600 yen (550 yen for groups of 30 or more)|