Onjoji Temple

Onjoji Temple

Onjoji Temple is a Buddhist temple located at Shiga prefecture in Kinki district. The temple is dedicated to Miroku Bosatsu ( Maitreya Bodhisattva, who is expected to appear as a Buddha 5,000 years after the death of Gautama ). It is the 14th temple of the 33 Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage.This temple is famous for the main hall designated as a national treasure.

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Name Onjoji Temple
"三井寺(園城寺)" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Address 246, Onjojicho, Otsu-shi, Shiga , Japan
"滋賀県大津市園城寺町246" in Kanji (Chinese characters)
Access 10-minute drive from the Kyoto-Higashi I.C. on the Meishin Expressway.
Admission Fee Free in the precincts
Telephone 077-522-2238

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