Kyoto Tea Country

Byodo-in Temple

Byodo-in Temple, which shows the historical glory of the Fujiwara clan, was once a villa on the west bank of the Uji-gawa River. It belonged to Minamoto no Toru but was given to Fujiwara no Michinaga. His son, Yorimichi, converted it into a temple. The Houou-do (Phoenix Hall, a National Treasure), which is surrounded by the Aji-ike pond, demonstrates elements of the gardens of the Heian period (794-1185). The influence of the Heian aristocracy, who dreamt of entering the Pure Land of Amida Buddha, can be seen in the building. Byodo-in Temple is depicted on the 10-yen coin and is a familiar sight in Japan.
Meanwhile, the Byodo-in Museum Hoshokan exhibits precious items owned by the temple, such as the National Treasures of a Gilt Bronze Phoenix, "Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu" (Buddhist saints holding a mass in the clouds), and Bonshou (temple bells). Reproductions that made with computer graphics utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology can also be enjoyed in the museum.

116 Uji Renge, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
10 minute walk from Uji Station on the Keihan Uji Line, or from Uji Station on the JR Nara Line
Business Hours
From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. (Last admission 5:15 p.m.)
Hosho-kan Hall 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last admission 4:45 p.m.)
Phoenix Fall Entry 9:30 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. (20 people may enter at a time)
*Reception Hours: Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on a first-come-first-served basis, until waiting visitors have entered.
Public Holiday: Open Throughout the Year
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