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Ukimido (Mangetsuji Temple)

This is one of the most famous scenic spots on Lake Biwa, as well as it has been known as “Katata-no-rakugan (wild geese returning home at Katata)”, one of the eight scenic views of Omi.

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Temple, Scenic spot

Kaimonsan Mangetsuji Temple, a Zen temple of the Daitokuji branch of the Rinzai sect, is located on the southern shore of the Biwako Bridge. A hall at the end of a bridge over Lake Biwa is called Ukimido (floating hall) because it looks like it is floating on the lake. It is one of the most scenic spots in Lake Biwa.

It is said that it was built during the Heian period by the monk Genshin (Eshin Sozu), one of the seven high monks of the Jodo-Shinshu sect, to pray for safety on the lake and the salvation of all living beings. The current building, which was rebuilt in 1937 after being destroyed by the Muroto typhoon in 1934, is a National Tangible Cultural Property. It was repaired in 1982, and the original ambiance has been preserved. In the hall, there are 1,000 statues of Amida Buddha, which are said to have been carved by Genshin.

This place is also famous as “Katata-no-rakugan”, one of the eight sceneries of Omi since the Muromachi period. It has been loved by many haiku poets, writers and artists, including Matsuo Basho, and they have written poems and created artworks about Ukimido.

The beautiful scenery has remained the same, even though the surrounding area and townscapes on the lakeshore have changed over the centuries. Among them, the view of the hall against the backdrop of the sunrise is breathtaking, and you can see the vast panorama of Lake Biwa without obstruction from the hall. You can enjoy the magnificent view in peace, just as haiku poets, writers and artists did.

Highlights

  • One of the eight scenic spots in Omi and a famous scenic spot of Lake Biwa.
  • The elegant hall is on the lake and appears to be floating.
  • It was built during the Heian period to pray for safety on the lake and the salvation of all living beings.
  • The sunrise is the most magnificent view of all.

Photos

  • The hall on the lake retains the atmosphere of the Heian period.
Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

    The hall on the lake retains the atmosphere of the Heian period. Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

  • Among all the spectacular scenes, the view of the sunrise is exceptionally beautiful.
Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

    Among all the spectacular scenes, the view of the sunrise is exceptionally beautiful. Biwako Visitors Bureau Public Interest Incorporated Association

Reviews

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  • Robert Chen

    進入寺廟前要換鞋子,主要是拜觀音菩薩和藥師佛,寺廟伏在水面的模樣被譽為近江八景之一。

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Details

Name in Japanese
浮御堂(満月寺)
Postal Code
520-0242
Address
1-16-18 Honkatata, Otsu City, Shiga
Telephone
077-572-0455
Holiday
Open every day
Hours
8:00am-5:00pm(December 8:00am-4:30pm)
Admission
300 yen
Directions
Take the Kojaku bus for Katata City Loop for 5 minutes from JR Kosei Line Katata Station to Katatade-machi Bus Stop, then walk for 5 minutes.
* On weekends and holidays, a route passing Ukimido-mae stop is also available.
Credit Cards
Not accepted