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Ujigami Shrine, Uji

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Part of a World Heritage Site and one of the oldest shrines in the country, Ujigami Shrine dates back to 1060. The shrine was supposedly built to honor Uji no Wakiiratsuko, a prince who committed suicide to settle a dispute of the imperial succession. Its nagare-zukuri architectural style features a curved, asymmetrical roof extending above the main entrance to provide shelter for worshippers. Look out for the basin fed by a famous spring, whose water is used for tea ceremonies and is said to have special properties. Put Ujigami Shrine at the forefront of your travel plans using our Uji trip itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Uji

The small and historical city of Uji has a modest collection of accommodations, but many of them provide an atmospheric stay. Traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses) represent some of the most authentic and memorable places to stay here, with the most popular ones sitting on the western bank of the river. Elsewhere, a couple of simple hotels sit next to the main train station. The vast majority of visitors to Uji opt to stay in either Kyoto or Nara, with both accessible in under an hour by road and rail.
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  • Ujigami Shrine being one of the oldest shrine in Japan was on the upper portion of the narrow pathway away from the main street. Although the place was small, but the place was very quiet with a peace...  more »
  • This is said to be the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan. Certainly it is among the oldest and is a charmer. See it while you are visiting the treasure house, Byoden-in.  more »
  • Here is extremely quiet, with only some tourist and local here, the main entries are connected to a community which can give me a chance to discover normal japanese life was like. The shrine was quiet...  more »
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  • A very modest and quiet shrine, much more primitive than the large temples and shrines in Kyoto. Extremely quiet and serene
  • Modest exterior yet very peaceful surroundings. This shrine is registered as the oldest shrine in Japan still standing
  • The top of japanese shinto god is on there. Actually they belive.
  • Modest but interesting. It's free. Take a look
  • Small shrine but with the most beautiful surrounding! Worth to walk a little further from the Uji shrine