Visiting & Exploration, Culture & Experiences,Otsu[Fall Leaves Information] Ishiyama-dera Temple

[Fall Leaves Information] Ishiyama-dera Temple

Ishiyama-dera Temple is where Murasaki Shikibu is said to have started writing The Tale of Genji. There are close to 2000 trees in the grounds, with the color of their leaves decorating everything.


Pass through the east gate and proceed along the path and you'll encounter lanterns all along it! How romantic!

The crimson leaf illuminations at Ishiyama-dera Temple were selected in 2015 as "a Night View Inheritance of Japan."
This is the first time in all of Japan this classification has been given to crimson leaf illuminations, and you'll see why once you experience them for yourself!


Of course, the leaves also look stunning during the daytime!

All the maple trees across the grounds will turn a wonderful crimson. Enjoy the incredible leaves while taking in the National Treasure main temple and other amazing buildings.


Revel in the crimson leaves while exploring the world of The Tale of Genji.

Spot Name
Ishiyama-dera Temple Illuminations
Illumination Period
November 16 - December 2, 2018
Illumination Times
Illumination Times
17:30 - 21:00 (Last admittance 20:30)
Night admittance 600 yen (*Separate charge of 600 yen required during the daytime)