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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 18 Attractions in Uji
Type: Religious Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Owner description: Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.
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Type: Religious Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
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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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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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61 helpful votes 61 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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22 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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