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Byodoin, Uji

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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 what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is the shrine on your ¥10 coin. Located in uji around 20 minutes with train from kyoto station to uji station. You can find this shrine around 10 minutes walk from uji station. This place is not....  more »
  • Byodo-in must be one of the most underrated attractions in Japan - usually guidebooks and websites highlight the Kinkaku-ji, Himeji-jo and the Kiyomizu-dera as places to visit, without mentioning the....  more »
  • Came here for the UNESCO World Heritage. It was like a cultural tour to the traditional garden. The pond and the Temple combined into a scene of beauty. Definitely have to mention the stroll from Uji....  more »
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  • 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.
  • There is a beautiful main building in the middle of this park and pond. On the another side of building, there is a modern styled museum where you can see the history of Byodoin. The staff inside museum are helpful and friendly.
  • This temple is the one that can be found on the back of the 10 yen coin. It's beautifully maintained. The highlight is the adjacent museum (included in admission) that shows off the delicate wood carvings from the temple.
  • Nice place to visit if you like Japanese culture! But full of tourists. I like the ticket

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