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Byodoin Omotesando, Uji
(3.8/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
In the green tea capital of the country, you'll find Byodoin Omotesando, a historic stone paved street by the river brimming with tea shops and eateries. The city has been heavily associated with quality tea production for hundreds of years, with many opportunities to sample the fabled produce along the roa. Tea shops roast their leaves facing onto the street, so all you need do is follow your nose. Other shops sell tea-related items, and if you're hungry, search among the eateries for a shop selling green tea-infused soba. Check out the desert and confectionery shops selling refreshing "matcha" ice cream, made from a powdered form of the tea. Arrange to visit Byodoin Omotesando and other attractions in Uji using our Uji vacation trip planner.
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  • Bun of green tea, ice cream, Soba, many walked to eat. There are also coffee shops where you can sip tea, Cafe was in.
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  • With its long-established tea omote-Sando. Cup of tea bought in long-established tea in tribute to the Muromachi Shogun, followed by later generations. Very nice shop, but not an Uppity friendly pools. And the number of sweets, popular shops are waiting. I thought walking, fun place.
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  • We visited Uji frequently and again we strolled along Byodoin Omotesando by late November this year and saw that there were many tourists around the area. The street was just about ten minutes walk fr...  more »
  • This symetrical temple built in 1052 represents a heaven founded by Fujiwara no Yorimichi, court noble in Heian period. The surrounding area is famous for maccha tea.
  • This place is my least favorite temple. The only real attraction is the Phoenix Hall which you would have to pay extra for to enter. There was also a very modern museum inside which is fortunately free to enter. However, what prompt me to give this place such a low rating was the abysmal and careless attitude of the man who wrote my shuin. It looked like a 2 years old had scribbled in my book. I know different people have different style of writing, but as I watched him write, I could tell that he gave little thought to writing the shuin well. Especially, compared to his neighbors who I could see taking the time to meticulously write other people's shuin. What he did had ruined my whole day and left a permanent ugly inscription inside my shuin book. Therefore, I would caution people to be weary of choosing the right person to write your shuin. In addition, after being charged 600 yen per person for the entrance fee, you would think Byodo-in temple would have the money to provide a better walking path. But no, the path is made of gravel and dirt that when a stampede of children go by a dust storm ensues which give you a mouth full of dust and coat your clothes with dust allowing you to take free Byodo-in dust souvenir home with you.
  • The Phoenix hall (extra fee) is beautiful and the museum had a lot of beautifully detailed artifacts and statues. It's worth visiting for the history, but there are other beautiful shrines and temples in Uji that I would rather visit.
  • This place is a Byodo-disappointment and is Byodo-expensive. Many temples in Kyoto offer a better ambience and experience, even some of the free ones.
  • Absolutely gorgeous architecture. Well maintained for 500 years. The museum is not notch. Another beautiful Buddhist temple.