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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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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It is a beautiful temple from the outside to see. Inside it is also very impressive with the wooden statue. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is relatively expensive to get in compared to other temples in Kyoto. It is also accompanied by a museum, which is worth visiting. As the inside of the temple has (obviously) aged, the museum... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Byodoin is a famous building, perhaps history date back to BC700. It was build by Fujiwara family, who were the most powerful family at that time, Heian-era. People at that time lived short and dies age under 40 to 50 averagely. Not changing us today, they thought about the place after passing away. They worried if the place might be very... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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127 reviews 127 reviews
85 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
87 helpful votes 87 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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80 reviews 80 reviews
35 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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