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Address: 116 Ujirenge, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 774-21-2861
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Description: Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century...
Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.
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One of the most beautiful temples!

A friend recommended us to visit this temple in Uji and it is arguably one of the prettiest temples I have seen anywhere. The grounds are nice and even though there was still a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Macau, China
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Macau, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

A friend recommended us to visit this temple in Uji and it is arguably one of the prettiest temples I have seen anywhere. The grounds are nice and even though there was still a little renovation going on, it still felt like we were inside a post-card. The place is serene and very spiritual. There are Koi fish in the... More 

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Granite Bay, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

There is one fee to get into the grounds (and see the outside of the temple) and an added fee to go inside the temple. Unfortunately, there was a two-hour wait to go inside the temple (timed tickets), so we had to pass. The museum on the property is interesting - be sure to go. If you want to go... More 

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San Mateo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I have visited Byodoin before the renovation several years ago. A picture of this unesco site can be found on the back of a 10 yen coin. I had gone to the museum before. This time I went with a group of friends and then walked to the Uji river area to public. Personally speaking I like the before-renovation version.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This temple itself is lovely to visit. Its museum is excellent, with good signage in English. Beautiful grounds and smaller shrines surround it.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Lovely grounds to wander before entering the temple. Absolutely gorgeous Buddha with intricate carvings and somewhat preserved art. The temple tour is in Japanese only, so make sure you get the explanation sheet when purchasing the temple entry ticket, which is a separate charge from the entrance fee.

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Hong Kong
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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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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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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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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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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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