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Byodoin Temple, Uji
(4.3/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
With a history spanning over a thousand years, Byodoin Temple 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. To visit Byodoin Temple and other attractions in Uji, use our Uji itinerary maker.
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  • A famous temple with 10-yen coins. Admission 300 yen in very crowded photos make the difficult, but your eyes admire enough. Entrance to the Pavilion Phoenix surcharge. In addition to the temple and the Park has a small but interesting Museum. The Church has a calligrapher, if you're a fan of Japanese calligraphy-bring along a Notepad. Worth the extra 300 yen.
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  • Junior high school trip and came 20 years ago, so this is the 3rd time. Remember, toured across the pond from a distance, but this time Phoenix Temple, Kiyomizu. Could be because it was in the morning without much delay, Amitabha's just around the corner, worship. Another charge was that 300 yen. Few visitors and staff.
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  • We came as part of a day in Kyoto. Museum is excellent with a good flow. 100% recommend the Phoenix hall. Excellent shopping as well 
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  • 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.