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Pagoda and Main Hall at Kongorinji

Autumn splendor at a temple in the Suzuka mountains

Kongorinji is one of three old Kotosanzan temples in Shiga, all of them famous for autumn color. The main hall of Kongorinji dates back to 741, and contains a eleven-faced statue of Kannon, along with thirteen other statues all designated as Important Cultural Properties. They are pretty amazing, actually, so see them if you get a chance! In autumn it is possible to see the inside of the pagoda. The pagoda looks amazing rising above the maple trees. A word of warning though - if possible it is better to visit on a weekday, because at the weekends during autumn there are busloads of tourists!

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