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Kyōto 京都 | Uji 宇治 | Nara 奈良 | Ōsaka 大阪 | Wakayama 和歌山 | Kōbe 神戸 | Himeji and Akashi 姫路と明石 | Kinosaki and Fukuchiyama 城崎と福知山 | Amanohashidate 天橋立 | Ōtsu 大津 | Ōmi Hachiman and Azuchi 近江八幡と安土 | Hikone 彦根 | Nagahama 長浜 | Iga, Seki-juku & Kameyama 伊賀、関宿、亀山 | Ise 伊勢

Ōtsu 大津

Capital and largest city in Shiga Prefecture, Ōtsu lies just over the mountains to the east of Kyōto. Briefly the capital of Japan in the 7th century, it is most notable for its historic temples, especially Ishiyama-dera (where The Tale of Genji was written), Mii-dera and the nearby mountaintop complex of Enryaku-ji.
Signboard at Ōtsu Station
Signboard at Ōtsu Station
Front of Ōtsu Station
Front of Ōtsu Station
Area around JR Ōtsu
Area around JR Ōtsu
Site of the Ōtsu Incident
Site of the Ōtsu Incident
Cherry blossoms across the Seta-gawa
Cherry blossoms across the Seta-gawa
San-mon at Ishiyama-dera
San-mon at Ishiyama-dera
Lesser hall at Ishiyama-dera
Lesser hall at Ishiyama-dera
Buddhist monk reading outside the hall
Buddhist monk reading outside the hall
Main path into Ishiyama-dera
Main path into Ishiyama-dera
Courtyard below the Hon-dō
Courtyard below the Hon-dō
Sakura and Tahō-tō
Sakura and Tahō-tō
Visitors walking into the lower courtyard
Visitors walking into the lower courtyard
Rocks and greenery beneath the pagoda
Rocks and greenery beneath the pagoda
Votive plaques with Tale of Genji images
Votive plaques with Tale of Genji images
View down on the courtyard
View down on the courtyard
Tahō-tō
Tahō-tō
Stroll garden below Ishiyama-dera
Stroll garden below Ishiyama-dera
Old cedar with paper streamers
Old cedar with paper streamers
Gate into Zezejōshi-kōen (Old Zeze Castle Park)
Gate into Zezejōshi-kōen (Old Zeze Castle Park)
Marker at the site of former Zeze Castle
Marker at the site of former Zeze Castle
Hanami parties at Zezejōshi-kōen
Hanami parties at Zezejōshi-kōen
Lantern and Ōmi-ōhashi
Lantern and Ōmi-ōhashi
Rebuilt wall and cherry blossom outside the park
Rebuilt wall and cherry blossom outside the park
Lake Biwa Canal
Lake Biwa Canal
Sakura blossom detail
Sakura blossom detail
Sakura around the Biwa-ko Canal entrance
Sakura around the Biwa-ko Canal entrance
Sakura blossom detail #2
Sakura blossom detail #2
Sakura blossom detail #3
Sakura blossom detail #3
Lantern wreathed in cherry blossoms
Lantern wreathed in cherry blossoms
Fence along the Biwa-ko Canal
Fence along the Biwa-ko Canal
Entrance to the canal tunnel
Entrance to the canal tunnel
Kannon-dō complex at Mii-dera
Kannon-dō complex at Mii-dera
Skyline of Ōtsu from Mii-dera
Skyline of Ōtsu from Mii-dera
View down on the Kannon-dō complex
View down on the Kannon-dō complex
Sakura around the lookout point
Sakura around the lookout point
Kannon-dō and pavilion
Kannon-dō and pavilion
Temple wall and overhanging sakura
Temple wall and overhanging sakura
Sakura-lined main path in Mii-dera
Sakura-lined main path in Mii-dera
Three-tiered pagoda by Kanchō-dō
Three-tiered pagoda by Kanchō-dō
Kon-dō (main hall) at Mii-dera
Kon-dō (main hall) at Mii-dera