"About Tachikizan" Temple History
A long time ago, there was a man who was traveling from place to place to study. His name was Koubou-Daishi. When he came to the Seta River he saw a strange, bright tree on Tachiki Mountain. A white buck came and lifted Daishi onto his back. Then he jumped over the Seta River, ran to the strange tree, and at that moment, the buck changed into Kannon-sama.
From that time on, the place has been called "Shishitobi". Koubou-Daishi believed this strange occurrence was Kannon-sama's will.
In Japan, it is said there is a critical year once in one's life.
It is 42 years old for men and 33 years old for women.
When Koubou Daishi was 42 years old he made an image of Kannon-sama from the strange tree in order to help people through their critical year. Since then, more than 1200 years have passed, but people still have faith in Kannon-sama, and come to this place, now known as "Tachiki Kannon" or "Tachiki-san".
Front of Kannon-sama
"Shishitobi", the site where the white buck, carrying Koubou Daishi, jumped over the Seta River. This is at the foot of Tachikisan.
Faith in Kannon-sama
When a man has trouble, he prays to Kannon-sama. But when he doesn't, he forgets Kannon-sama.
It is like sailing in the ocean.
When a man is in a storm, he cries out for help as loudly as he can.
However, as soon as the water becomes smooth like a mirror, he forgets that he has cried out at all.
That is a result of the foolishness of common people. Only when they are suffering hardships do they look for Kannon-sama.
We hope you have faith in the "Tachiki Kannon" and lead a happy life.
"Sanpai Route" How to pray at this temple
When you come to the top of the 800 stone steps, notice the statue of Koubou-Daishi riding a buck. To the left is the main temple. Go here first, pray to Kannon-sama from the front and then pray from the back. Then, go up the stone steps next to the main temple and pray at the "Houkyouintou", the stone structure.
Continue up the steps and strike the temple bell once. Next, go to the top of the stone steps, and pray to the "Okunoin", the temple's guardian god. Finally, go down the stairs on the far side.
Admission is free of charge
From Kyoto Station:
Take the Biwako Line (Track 2 or 3) towards Maibara to Ishiyama Station. Both the Special Rapid Service and local train service will stop here. The train ride from Kyoto Station to Ishiyama station is about 15 minutes.
Take the Special Rapid Service towards Kyoto. The train ride to Ishiyama station will be about 43 minutes.
Take the Shinkansen to Kyoto station. Take the Biwako Line (Track 2 or 3) towards Maibara to Ishiyama Station.
Take Keihan bus #4, #14, or #54 from Ishiyama station. The bus ride will be about 15 minutes long. Get off at "Tachiki-Kannon-Mae". The stone steps up to the temple begin right next to the bus stop.
Bus schedule (Japanese only):
Tachikisan is about 12 minutes by car or taxi from Ishiyama Station. Free parking is available. An additional parking lot is open on New Years.
Weekdays: 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturdays: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Sundays: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
On New Years the hours are extended.
Address: Okuyama Nangouchou 1231, Ishiyama, Otsu-shi, Shiga-ken, Japan 〒520-0865
**In Nangouchou there is another temple called "Anyouji", so be careful not to go to the other temple by mistake.