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Chomeiji Temple

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157 Chōmeijichō, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0808, Japan

Mountainside pilgrimage temple with 808 stone steps to a 3-story red pagoda & Lake Biwa views.

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Mondays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesdays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesdays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursdays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fridays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturdays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sundays: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Divertimento 3 months ago

Chomeiji, situated at 157 Chomeijicho, Omihachiman, Shiga 523-0808, Japan, holds a rich history dating back to its establishment. Founded in 1453, it's a Buddhist temple affiliated with the Tendai sect. The temple's name, Chomeiji, translates to "Long Life Temple," reflecting its focus on promoting longevity and well-being. Throughout the centuries, Chomeiji has witnessed cultural shifts and historical events, remaining a spiritual and cultural anchor in the region. The temple's architecture showcases a blend of traditional Japanese design, featuring ornate details and serene gardens. Dedicated to the deity Jūichimen Kannon, known for compassion and healing, Chomeiji attracts visitors seeking solace and blessings. Pilgrims often explore the temple grounds, participating in rituals and enjoying the tranquil surroundings. Chomeiji's enduring presence speaks to its significance in both religious and local contexts, making it a cherished destination for those seeking spiritual connection in Omihachiman, Shiga.

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Ter C a year ago

Tranquil place. Free parking at the top before a short final climb up to the temple. Road up is narrow so please be careful. Oversee lake biwa and a "can visit" instead of "must visit" in my own opinion.

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Phuong Nguyen a year ago

Great peaceful place to visit. 808 steps scared me a bit so I took the long forest trail to the temple. there was freat view of Biwa lake from the temple. not crowded even in Golden week.

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Timothy HALL 2 years ago

Impressive temple up in the hills with an equally impressive stairway. There is a free parking area located a ways downhill. Be aware that this staircase from the parking area to the temple grounds is difficult if not very healthy. Call ahead about what to do for accommodating those in wheelchairs. There is a nice view of the lake and the fall foliage is nice to look at in the fall. Recommended for a small visit on the weekend.

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Joki W 4 years ago

Beautiful temple with great view over lake Biwa. Note that you must walk all the stairs from the foot of the hill (where the bus stop is) to get long life. If you only walk the last few steps from the parking lot your life will be short for sure. :P