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Ishidou-ji in Shiga Prefecture: The Oldest Stone Pagoda in Japan

Written on October 19, 2012

When I was in Japan, a friend introduced me to one of his favorite temples, Ishidou-ji in Shiga Prefecture.  Its stone pagoda is said to be the oldest in Japan, dating to the Nara Period (710-794).  Here are some photos from that morning.

The minimal, ancient form of the three tiered pagoda is beautiful–and it’s the reason we ventured to this fairly remote place.


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  1. Comment by Lorie McCown:

    Thank you so much for this beautiful blog. I love Japan, and your words and photos are so lovely.

    October 20, 2012 @ 11:23 pm