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Address: 45-26 Uji, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 774-28-0200
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Tale of Genji Museum

A must if you are a fan or familiar of Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji), the first novel of the world. (Uji town itself also plays a major role in the last ten chapter of this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Bank Tharin P
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Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

The museum took me a few hours to fully enjoy. I read all the signs and fully enjoyed the exhibits as well as the 2 20 minute videos. The videos did not have English subtitles when I watched them. Nevertheless, they told the story of the chapters centered in Uji beautifully.

Thank Nadia585
Mazatlan, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This museum is new and beautifully done! Life-size dolls help you visualize the full story, as do several videos and dioramas. Narrations are in Japanese but non-Japanese speaking visitors are given free headsets with narration in English and other languages. The building itself is also beautiful. If you travel to Uji to see the river, the bridge, the Byodoin, and... More 

1 Thank mazatleca1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

A must if you are a fan or familiar of Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji), the first novel of the world. (Uji town itself also plays a major role in the last ten chapter of this novel) The museum had three sections, each one gave us a brief explanation about the tale along with very beautiful multi media. They also... More 

1 Thank Bank Tharin P
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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 

1 Thank Oregonkteacher
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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 

2 Thank Madonna S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank hatsume
London, United Kingdom
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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.

2 Thank TheDustOfMyFootsteps

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