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Byodoin Temple

Address: 116 Ujirenge, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 774-21-2861
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Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Uji
Type: Visitor centers, Religious sites, Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.
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Type: Visitor centers, Religious sites, Traveler Resources, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.

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Hong Kong
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Go early please(in the morning ), why.? 1. Avoid the crowds 2. See the temple with sunlight straight on its facade. You dont want a picture with ur pretty face and the templr against the light. 3. Usually the tour takes 1 hour to complete, can visit the temple and its museum while queueing for nakamura tokichi matcha desserts haha... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

An amazing and beautiful temple !The museum is incredibly well done with informative exhibits . I'll come back again

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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I've been visiting this temple about 30 years. It originally was like most temples in Japan. You paid your fee and wandered around enjoying the atmosphere and ancient culture of Japan. For the most part it has now become a somewhat dead museum with it's recent World Heritage Site Status. For 600 hundred yen you walk through the proscribed course... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We went to Uji on our way to Nara, mainly to stop in at this temple and have a look at the shopping street leading up to it. It's an easy ten-minute walk from the JR Uji station - there are maps available after you exit the platform, and there's also good sign-posting along the route. I ended up rather... More 

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This ancient temple has just finished undergoing renovations that lasted several years and the work shows! You would never be to guess it's true age from looking at the freshly repainted interior walls ceilings and exterior. I went before and during the renovation and can say for the reasonable entrance fee, this place is a must see!!! PLUS, souvenirs only... More 

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Yokohama, Japan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This temple had been built about 1000 years ago, and if the weather is great, the temple is reflected to the pond. It's really beautiful. To see the inside of temple, you need to make a reservation. If you are curious, you should visit early morning. Otherwise you may need to wait.

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new york city
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Uji is an easy half day trip from Kyoto on JR rail or the Keihan line, and the Byodo-in temple was a pleasant surprIse. The Phoenix hall is impressive but the grounds and museum were not described in tourist guides and they are equally incredible . The entrance fee, 600 yen, includes them; the Phoenix hall, newly restored , is... More 

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West Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Stopped off at Uji on a tip from TA only to find that the Phoenix Hall was sold out for the day (this was about 3pm). Without being able to visit the interior, this temple is not really worth the trip and the town has nothing special to recommend it. Spend more time in Nara or Kyoto.

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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