Miidera, known as the “Phoenix Temple,” has survived numerous hardships.
Miidera Temple, which is officially named Nagara-san Onjoji-Temple, is the head temple of the Tendaijimon sect. During the Heian period, it was restored as a Tendai branch temple owing to the outstanding character of the priest Enchin, posthumously named Chisho Daishi, the fifth head priest of the Tendai sect. For the more than 1,100 years since then, all the way up to the present day, the temple has been passing on the sect’s teachings. From the fact that the temple was able to overcome numerous hardships during that time, it is now known as the “Phoenix Temple.”
Inside the Kondo (a national treasure), an image of Maitreya Bodhisattva has been enshrined as the temple’s principal image. This image is said to have been personally owned by Emperor Tenji, and it is never unveiled for view by the public. In addition to famous sights in the lake country of Omi such as the “Mii Evening Bell,” one of the eight views of Omi, and the “Bell Dragged by Benkei,” the temple precincts also contain many of the most noted national treasures and important cultural assets in the country.
Miidera Temple is also known as the main training hall for Tendai style asceticism, also called Honzan asceticism. Nagara-san (another name for the temple) was deemed a sacred spot for Mii asceticism by the high priest Gyoson, who also penned the poem, “Morotomo ni aware to omoe yamazakura, Hana yori hokani shiru hitomo nashi ( I think of you as someone very close to me, and I hope you feel the same nostalgic way for me. Oh, mountain cherry blossoms, there is no one else in this world who knows me as you do.),” which is contained in Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets).
In Yamabushi (ascetic Buddhist monk) practice, participants are able to wear the garments of a mountain priest, enter the temple and practice authentic asceticism. In addition, we offer a wide variety of workshop courses through which participants will be able to more deeply understand Miidera Temple, including morning religious services, Shakyo, Zazen (Shikan) and more.
Principal image：Maitreya Bodhisattva
Cultural assets：Kondo, Shinrazenshindo, Kojo-in Kyakuden, Kangaku-in Kyakuden and many more.
- Morning recommendations
- Zen meditation
- Copying sutras
- Creating Buddhist statues and altar equipment
Shukubo "WAQOO Miidera"Room details/plans
The monastery Myogon-in has existed within Miidera Temple since ancient times, and a section of the monastery has been remodeled as a rentable temple lodging that is limited to one group per day. This...
The monastery Myogon-in, which is located within the precincts of Nagara-san Onjoji Temple, the head temple of Tendaijimon sect, has been remodeled as the monastery WAQOO Miidera, a building available for reservation and capable of accommodating up to 6 people. You can directly experience history at this authentic temple lodging.
We have also prepared lodging plans that pair lodging with training workshops and experiences at the temple, including morning religious service, shakyo (copying sutras), goma (holy fire) service, yamabushi practice and more.
*Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance.
- Sutra copying room
- Zen meditation dojo
- Tea room
- Parking lot
- Dining area (soba/udon)
- Dining area (Japanese cuisine)
- Tea house
- Light meals corner
- Coffee/tea lounge
- Souvenirs shop
- Vending machines
8:00-17:00 (Open all year round)
The repository for designated cultural assets: 8:30 to 16:30 (Reception closes at 16:00.)
Capacity: 30 motor coaches and 350 regular-sized vehicles
The 14th stop on the 33-Temple Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage
The 5th stop on the Omi Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage spot on the Juzu Junrei (Rosary Pilgrimage)
27th famous temple on the 108-Temple Lake Biwa Pilgrimage
Seated image of Nyoirin Kannon (Cintamani-cakra)-an important cultural asset: Unveiled once
every 33 years.
・Kondo (Main Hall)
Pilgrimage Spot on the Shinto and Buddhism Pilgrimage
Image of Maitreya Bodhisattva: *Never unveiled.
1st stop on the Kokoku 11-Faced Kannon Pilgrimage
Image of 11-Faced Kannon (important cultural asset)
－Available for viewing at the repository for designated cultural assets.
48th stop on the Saigoku Yakushi Pilgrimage
Image of Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru), the “Medicine Buddha,” and the 28 Attendants: Open
for viewing daily.
Dining, rest, souvenirs and gifts
Honju-in Nagara Sabo
Restaurant Fugetsu located in front of the temple
National treasures: Kondo, Shinrazenshindo, Kojo-in Kyakuden, Kangaku-in Kyakuden
Important Cultural Assets: Daimon, Shakado, Akaiya Well, a bell tower and many more.
Access to Miidera（Onjoji）
Shiga 246 Onjojicho, Otsu city, Shiga Prefecture, 520-0036
・6 minutes walk from Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line Miidera station
・You can take Keihan bus from JR Tokaido Main Line Otsu Station or JR Kosei Line Otsukyo Station and get off at Miidera stop.