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Ukimido (Mangetsuji temple)

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During the Heian Period, Genshin (Eshin Sozu) built a temple on top of Lake Biwa for the safety and enlightenment of the masses. Mangetsu-ji is a part of the Daitoku-ji sect of the Rinzai school of Japanese Buddhism (one of the branches of Zen Buddhism). The present building was reconstructed in 1937 and repaired in 1982, but still preserves the feeling of the original structure. The wonderful scenery of the floating hall on top of Lake Biwa is one of the most famous scenes in the “Omi Hakkei” (Eight Views of Omi) series, known as “Katata no Rakugan” (Wild Geese Returning Home at Katata). Its sceneny has long continued to be loved by countless people, including famous Edo-era poet Matsuo Basho.

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Address1-16-18 Honkatata, Otsu City, Shiga
Access/5 minute walk from Katata Demachi bus stop if you take the bus from JR Katata station
(there are buses straight to Ukimidomae in Saturdays and on holidays)
Hours8:00~17:00(December only 16:30)
Regular holidayOpen all-year round
Contact077-572-0455
FeeAdults 300 yen
URL1https://otsu.or.jp/en/thingstodo/spot159