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Byodoin Temple

Uji, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0021, Japan
+81 774-21-2861
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Uji
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Religious Sites
Description: Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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66 reviews 66 reviews
51 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is the temple you see on the 10-yen coins and the 10000-yen bill. It is a great version of a "Pure Land" temple and is well worth a visit. You should be there early in the day to beat the crowds. The scaffolding on the main hall has been taken down so you can see the whole front. Next... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Visited this temple mainly because it's a UNESCO heritage site and one of Uji's main icon. Went in mid April 2014 and the scaffolding covering the Phoenix Hall has been taken down. Otherwise, would have given this temple a skip and spend more time strolling along the peaceful Uji River. Renovation works to the Phoenix Hall will still carry on... More

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Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I went there with my cousin a week after the golden week. There was no waiting time so I guess we were lucky. The place is great. We took beautifull pictures of the temple with the pond. Worth the trip. You also need to taste Uji tea if you go there as it's one of the best in Japan. I... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I didn't really enjoy this temple. The phoenix temple was under renovation, so it wasn't pretty. It costs a lot to enter and you have to pay even more for the Phoenix temple. The garden weren't so beautiful, unfortunately. There are some koi in the waters but it's too muddy to see. The museum wasn't very exciting either. But if... More

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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Byodo In Temple is gorgeous and makes a visit to Uji worthwhile, especially if you take the time to buy some tea and taste matcha treats while visiting the city. Even if you've seen a lot of temples in Japan, this one stands out. The temple is an impressive example of the Buddhist Pure Land architecture, and it's most striking... More

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Hong Kong, China
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8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This architecture is the one of the World's Cultural Heritage in Japan, also one of the three most important temple, as well as the print on the 10000 yen note on your hand! We didn't get inside the phoenix hall because it is under constructed and a long queue for around an hour is needed! We have been to the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

To see the bronze phoenix, head straight to the museum inside (included in the basic entrance fee). To see something that is remembered and celebrated on the 10000 Japanese yen is special, then head towards the pond in front of the renovated temple complex, stand in front and take your shots. Lovely !

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Peoria, Illinois
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28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is the temple on the back of Japan's 10 Yen coin. To be honest, I am not sure what the purpose of this temple is. I think the temple was created to cater to people who are dying to assist with the afterlife, but I am not exactly sure. I also would not go to Uji to see this... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

It's a beautiful place. Temple, garden, museum and water. Unfortunately it's crowded. Waiting line to see the inside of the temple - about 45 min. Still it's worth to see the place from the outside.

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Algiers, Algeria
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We were very lucky to visit Byodoin on the very day it reopened after lengthy renovation work. Arrive early if you want to take some photos of the temple without anybody around. The museum is also very interesting, as well as being superbly designed in itself.

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