Ryotan-ji Temple (Hikone) | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Maibara Station 

[Ryotan-ji Temple (Hikone)]

Naomasa Ii was the feudal lord of Hikone

This has been the Ii family temple since the time of the Ii clan ancestor, Tomoyasu Fujiwara, and was built on the foothill of Mt. Sawayama as a Myoshin-ji Temple school of the Rinzai sect by a monk called Koten from Ryotan-ji Temple in Iinoya, Totomi province (present-day Shizuoka Prefecture) when Naomasa Ii became the lord of Sawayama Castle. You can still feel the atmosphere of this large temple hall, where many monks were produced, from the aesthetic temple gate and the serene Buddha hall. One of the things to see is the Fudaraku Garden. With the Pure Land of the Kannon, Mt. Fudaraku, in the center and 48 large and small stones placed around it in a radial pattern, this renowned garden forms an enchanting scene which brings peace to your mind. Other highlights include gardens to the east and north of the drawing room and 56 magnificent fusuma paintings.
Posted photos Many monks learned how to create gardens here and worked on Zen temple gardens nationwide
 
Address 1104 Furusawa-cho, Hikone-shi, Shiga
Phone +81-749-22-2777 (Japanese only)
Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mid November to the end of February: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Holidays Open Everyday
Admission fee Adults 400 yen
Elementary school students 150 yen
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Maibara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 5 minutes, alight at "Hikone Station", and walk for approx. 25 minutes.
URL Hikone Sightseeing Association
http://www.hikoneshi.com/jp/sightseeing/articles/ryotanji
Shiga & Lake Biwa Tourist Information (Biwako Visitors' Bureau)
http://www.biwako-visitors.jp/spot/detail/1205
 
Photo credit Biwako Visitors' Bureau Public Corporations

updated on Mar 28, 2017

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