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Address: 45-26 Uji, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 774-28-0200
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A complicated book is brought to life

This little museum is full of life-size mannequins telling the story of Genji, as well as items such as incenses and a half-hour period drama in their clever little theater. As... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2012
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Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

A short train ride from Kyoto (free for Japan railpass holders) to little town of Uji is The Tale of Genji Museum. Three rooms with mock-ups of parts of the novel and audio-visual really brings the novel and its setting to life. The fourth room has an animated movie (sophisticated Japanese animation) summary of the story. Be sure to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Uji featured prominently in the final chapters of the tale of Genji - the first novel written by Lady Murasaki. I have long been familiar with the book and have read both the manga and the novella. The town's bridge is the centrepiece with a lovely statue of hashihime. The dioramas and the multimedia presentations are fabulous. For those "not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

First of all, Uji is one of my favorite little towns. I make a special trip here every year. I love the tea shops and okashi shops. There is one famous tea shop that makes the best matcha custard okashi and matcha cappuchino. These are products that you can carry home. I buy enough green tea to last me to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

This little museum is full of life-size mannequins telling the story of Genji, as well as items such as incenses and a half-hour period drama in their clever little theater. As usual, most explanations are in Japanese but the drama has english subtitles.

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