Kongorinji Temple 金剛輪寺

Fall Foliage of Kongorin-ji
Fall Foliage of Kongorin-ji

A temple that is a National Treasure, with gardens declared officially gorgeous

Visit Kongorinji Temple in Shiga to see National Treasures and a nationally recognized Place of Scenic Beauty.

Don't Miss

  • Lovingly adorned statues of Jizo
  • An 11-faced Kannon sculpture
  • Splendid 500-year-old gardens

How to Get There

You can reach the temple by train and then by taxi, or by a special shuttle bus in November.

Kongorinji Temple is a 15-minute taxi ride from Inae Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line (known as the Biwako Line in this area).

During peak leaf season in November, the Koto Sanzan Shuttle Bus runs between the three Koto Sanzan temples in the area and Hikone and Yokaichi stations on the Omi Tetsudo Line. You can start the tour at either Hikone or Yokaichi station.

Not just leaves

Kongorinji Temple was established in 741. Its main hall, built in 1288, miraculously survived attacks in 1573 and is now a National Treasure. It contains an 11-faced statue of Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy and compassion. There are 13 more statues designated as Important Cultural Properties here.

The temple's famous gardens were developed over hundreds of years, from the 16th to the mid-19th century. They are a designated Place of Scenic Beauty.

Hundreds of statues of Jizo

You will see hundreds of statues of Jizo, the Buddhist guardian of children, including the unborn, as well as travelers and firefighters. Kongorinji's many Jizo statues get loving treatment from the faithful.

Statues of Jizo adorned with bibs

Near Kongorinji Temple

Fall Foliage of Kongorin-ji History
Kongorinji Temple Echi-gun, Shiga-ken
Fall Foliage of Hyakusai-ji History
Hyakusaiji Temple Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken
Fall Foliage of Eigen-ji History
Eigenji Temple Higashiomi-shi, Shiga-ken
Hikone Castle History
Hikone Castle Hikone-shi, Shiga-ken
Fall Foliage of Saimyoji History
Saimyoji Temple Gamou-gun, Shiga-ken
Hachiman-bori Canal History
Hachiman-Bori Canal Omihachiman-shi, Shiga-ken

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