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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. Plan your Ujigami Shrine visit and explore what else you can see and do in Uji using our Uji trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is still in that part of the world heritage site, very pleasant atmosphere including and the mountains behind the shrine. On top and the inner shrine. Also, kirihara water springs on the grounds that spring, water can be used.
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  • I stood out without the shrine itself was quiet and Nice. Atmosphere was quiet and solemn impression.
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  • Across the River, and the byodoin Temple in the mountains on the other side. See Torii gate and go up a gentle slope, through forward and get in front of the sanctuary. Main shrine is located at the back of the sanctuary. Japan's oldest shrine building, is the value of a House. When you come to the Uji, take a look at extending the foot you want.
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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

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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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