With a history spanning over a thousand years, Byodoin serves devotees of the Pure Land Buddhism sect. The temple and its garden date back to 998 and feature the famous Phoenix Hall, depicted on the back of Japan's ten-yen coin. Unlike many nearby structures, this hall has never been destroyed, making it one of the only wooden examples of Heian period architecture in existence today. PutByodoin into our Uji vacation planner and find out whats close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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I have been living in Japan for more than 40 years, but this was my first visit to Byodo-in. I was so impressed. A beautiful shrine standing in the middle of a very beautiful garden. It is difficult..... more »
Uji in general was a pleasant surprise, especially if you like green tea. Interesting things to see and eat. This temple if probably the main attraction, thought it was ok, wouldn't go again, bit... more »
A short train trip south of Kyoto will bring you to Uji, home of Byodoin. If you have a 10 yen coin, you'll have seen it before. There is a small museum on site, that is of some interest. Toilets are also to be found, which is always handy. The temple itself is very attractive. You are able to enter into the hall as part of a guided group. Wear nice socks, because you'll be required to take your shoes off if venturing inside.
It was on the back of 10yen. The real place is stunning and surrounded by the pond and trees. Reflecting of this temple from the water is my favorite pictures. The museum is well thought,it behinds the temple but underground. So it will not interrupt your scenario at all.
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