Highlights and access methods of Byodo-in Temple (Kyoto Prefecture)

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Byodo-in is a temple located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture, known for the Byodo-in Phoenix Hall, which is depicted on the 10 yen coin. The Phoenix Hall, built on a small island in the Ajiike Pond, has a beautiful symmetrical shape, and was named for its resemblance to a bird spreading its wings. In addition to domestic and international tourists, it has also become a popular destination for school excursions.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Byodo-in Temple in Kyoto Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Kyoto , Category : Temples)

Highlights of Byodo-in Temple

Byodo-in is a temple located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture. The Byodo-in Phoenix Hall is featured on the 10 yen coin, and its rooftop phoenix is also famously depicted on the 10,000 yen note. Byodo-in is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the cultural properties of the ancient city of Kyoto.

The Phoenix Hall is a Amitabha Hall, built in 1053 during the latter part of the Heian period, and it has been designated as a national treasure. It is a valuable structure that has survived since its establishment. The Phoenix Hall is built on an island in the Ahazu Pond in the center of the temple grounds, and from the front, it looks like a bird spreading its wings. Because of this appearance and the pair of phoenixes standing on the roof, it came to be called the Phoenix Hall in later years.

The temple bell, believed to have been made around the same time as the Phoenix Hall, is considered one of the three famous bells of Japan and is designated as a national treasure. It's said, "The sound of Miidera, the inscription of Jingoji, the shape of Byodo-in", and the bell of Byodo-in is famous for its beautiful shape. Divine beings, lions, and arabesque patterns are embossed on it. Note that the temple bell in the bell tower is a replica, and the real one can be seen in the Byodo-in Museum Hoshokan.

The viewing of the interior of the Phoenix Hall is arranged to allow a certain number of people at a time. In addition to domestic and foreign tourists, Byodo-in is also a popular spot for school trips, attracting a large number of visitors. Therefore, please be aware that it may take some time to view the interior of the Phoenix Hall.

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Address and access method of Byodo-in Temple

The address of Byodo-in Temple is "116 Uji Renge, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture". The nearest station is Uji Station on the JR Nara Line. It's about a 10 minute walk from the station. Or Keihan Uji Line Uji Station. It's about a 10 minute walk from the station.

Attractions near Byodo-in Temple

There are several other popular attractions near Byodo-in Temple in Uji:

Uji River
The scenic river running through Uji offers picturesque views and leisurely boat rides. The riverbanks are lined with cherry blossom trees, making it a popular spot for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) during spring.

Ujigami Shrine
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ujigami Shrine is believed to be the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan. The shrine, located about a 20-minute walk from Byodo-in Temple, features traditional architecture and a peaceful atmosphere.

Genji Monogatari Museum
Dedicated to the Tale of Genji, a classic piece of Japanese literature, this museum showcases exhibits related to the story and its author, Murasaki Shikibu. The museum is a 15-minute walk from Byodo-in Temple and offers insight into Japan's literary history.

Uji's tea shops
Uji is famous for its high-quality green tea, and the city is home to numerous tea shops offering a variety of tea products and experiences, such as tea tastings and workshops. As you explore the streets of Uji, be sure to stop by these shops to sample the local tea and learn about the tea-making process.

Other information about Byodo-in Temple

Official site about Byodo-in Temple :


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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )