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The Ruins of Abandoned Ano Temple

These are the ruins of the abandoned Ano Temple. The temple ruins are one of the ruins related to Otsukyo, [the then-capital], and were discovered in Ano to the north of Otsukyo. At the archeological excavation in 1984, it became clear that it had two different temple building arrangements that were built at different times. […]

The Ruins of Abandoned Minamishiga Temple

These are the ruins of abandoned Minamishiga Temple. The site of the temple ruins is one of those related to Otsukyo [the then-capital]. In order to investigate the location of Otsukyo, archaeological excavation was also conducted at the ruins of Sufukuji Temple in the early Showa era [around 1920s]. It resembles the temple building arrangement […]

Hyakketsu Burial Mounds

These are the Hyakketsu Burial Mounds remaining along the Shigagoe-no-michi road in the mountains of Shigasato. Although overall they have been scraped or washed away, they are believed to have been small-circle burial mounds of approximately 10-meter diameter with dome-shaped horizontal stone chambers. According to the structure of stone chambers, it is believed to have […]

The Ruins of Sufukuji Temple

These are the ruins of Sufukuji Temple. Sufukuji Temple was built at the request of Emperor Tenji to protect Otsukyo [the then-capital]. It was presumably built in 668, the year after the transfer of the capital, and has drawn attention as the key to find out where Otsukyo was. Heading west from Keihan Shigasato Station […]

Remains of the Genjū Hermitage

In the 2nd year of the Jokyo Era (1685), Matsuo Bashō, who visited Otsu for the first time, fell in love with Otsu’s natural beauty, and gathered many students. One of the Genjū Hermitage’s students, Suganuma Kyokusui, who repaired his uncle’s hermitage which is in the precincts of the Chikatsuo shrine, offered it to Bashō […]

Zeze Castle Remains

Zeze Castle was built in the 6th year of Kecho era (1601), and is also nicknamed Sekiroku Castle. Honmaru had the structure of Mizuki that protruded to Lake Biwa, and Zeze’s Daymyo, the Honda clan boasted its image as the castle contained 60 thousand stones, but became abandoned in the 3rd year of the Meiji […]

Mausoleum of Emperor Kōbun

There is a record that Prince Ōtomo (Tenji’s Imperial Prince) who was defeated by Emperor Tenji’s younger brother, Prince Ōamano, during the Jinshin Revolt committed suicide in the Yamasaki area in 672. After that, although Prince Ōamano was not recognized as Emperor, he was finally named “Emperor Kōbun” in the 3rd year of the Meiji […]

Ōjiyama’s Tumuli (Kofun Group)

Ōjiyama’s Tumuli (Kofun Group) consists of a few rectangular‐shaped mounds in the Shiga prefecture (Mound No. 1, second half of the 4th century) and circular mounds (Mound No. 2, around the end of the 3rd century). Currently, on the eastern slope of mound No. 1, Fuki-ishi (roofing stones) were laid like the ones at the […]

Remains of Ōtsukyō

Ōtsu Kyō (Ōtsu Palace) is a short-lived capital that Emperor Tenji relocated in 667 and was destroyed five years later in 672 years due to the Jinshin War. Although its position has been controversially discussed, in 1954, remains of a large-scale foundation of a building was discovered in the site of Nishikori. It was discovered […]

Chōanji Temple’s Two-storied Buddhist tower

This is a stone tower built at the west side from the former Tokaido in the Chōanji temple’s precinct. Its height is about 3.3 m. The tower is placed on an octagonal stone, with a hexagonal caldron on it, takes another unprecedented form. According to the “Sekidera Temple’s Omen” when the Sekidera temple was reconstruction […]