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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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I visited Byodoin Jinja early April 2023. While the cherry blossoms had bloomed early here in UJi a fair amount were still at close to full bloom. In addition there was lovely blooming lavender on...
I visited Byodoin Jinja early April 2023. While the cherry blossoms had bloomed early here in UJi a fair amount were still at close to full bloom. In addition there was lovely blooming lavender on... more »
Beautiful architecture and cultural heritage. Logistics for visitors are well organized. It takes around 25 minutes by car from downtown Kyoto to go there. Really worth visiting.
Beautiful architecture and cultural heritage. Logistics for visitors are well organized. It takes around 25 minutes by car from downtown Kyoto to go there. Really worth visiting. more »
The magnificently proportioned Phoenix temple is a beautiful spot for quiet reflection and observing nature - close to both JR and Kintetsu train stations.
The magnificently proportioned Phoenix temple is a beautiful spot for quiet reflection and observing nature - close to both JR and Kintetsu train stations. more »
Beautiful palace and a lot less touristy than many of the other sites in Kyoto! It’s also a great place to see the fall colors. You can go in the Phoenix hall for 300yen (though we had to wait 90 minutes to get in, but you can walk around the palace grounds until your time to enter comes) but it is a single room with a ~15 minute long presentation purely in Japan. While an impressive place to see, I’m not sure it’d be worth it for those who don’t speak Japanese.
It is a very nice place to learn history of one of the oldest temple in Japan. They have museum which explains about Buddhism history and old Chinese related history. While enjoying Spring or Autumn, both seasons are the best for visiting. To enter the Phoenix Hall with Japanese only guidance, you have to pay 300 yen more at the inside. Since coronavirus, the queue line is almost 1 hour because very famous.
Visited with friends in April. Pretty good place for chilling. Phoenix is the warrior that protect this place. It’s also a bird so it could fly any where to spread our happiness and good fortune. In terms of that, they decided to put on 10yen coin. Place to pray for next life as well if you believe.
this is the building which is also printed as the front of the japanese 50 yen coin, this park is huge, there is a museum within the premise, admission is free, however, strictly no picture no video inside the museum, must pay a visit to this park, as you may take out the 50 yen and take picture with this building.
It is a peaceful place filled with the sacredness of the ancient artifacts "Minamoto no Yorimasa", who is the ancestors built as a legacy for the local people. I can concentrate calmly and firmly. I am very pleased and impressed to have the opportunity to visit this place. If there is an opportunity, I will return to visit again.
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