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Ukimido (Mangetsuji temple)

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During the Heian Period, Enshinsozu Genshin built a temple on top of Lake Biwa for the safety and enlightenment of the masses. Mangetsuji Temple is a part of the Raizaishudai Tokujiha sect, which is in turn part of the Zen Buddhist sect. The present building was reconstructed in the 12th year of the Showa era (1937), and repaired in Showa 57 (1982). Regardless, it still has the feeling of the original structure. The wonderful scenery of the floating hall on top of Lake Biwa is one of the most famous sceneries of the Omi Hakkai (Eight Views of Omi), known as Katata no Rakugan (wild geese returning home at Katata). This sight has impressed many people, including Matsuo Basho, the famous poet of the Edo era.

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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
Regular holidayOpen all-year round
Contact077-572-0455
FeeAdults 300 yen
URL1http://www.otsu.or.jp/app/webroot/en/templesandshrines/0006/index.html