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The Tale of Genji Museum

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45-26, Uji Higashiuchi, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture
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Uplifting Kyoto: Private Tour of Uji's Tea, Shrines, and Natural Spirituality
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Uplifting Kyoto: Private Tour of Uji's Tea, Shrines, and Natural Spirituality

Ever wondered what makes Japanese green tea so special? Explore the nuances of Kyoto's most famous tea producing area on a private tour of Uji and learn not only about the intricacies of tea, but also the engaging local history. Just a little off the beaten path (around 30 minutes by local train from central Kyoto points such as the Gion or Kyoto Station areas), Uji packs in breathtaking views of the river and mountains, and houses not one, but two UNESCO world heritage sites within a 10-minute walk of each other. All of this, and with far less people than you'd typically find canvassing the well worn paths of central Kyoto.<br><br>In addition to tea and nature, this tour also features a visit to Byodo-in, a magnificent temple with a superlative, modern museum as well (admission included), around which you'll be guided by a native or equivalent English speaker who is sure to be friendly, accessible, and also very knowledgeable about the finer points of tea and Buddhism.
$115.00 per adult
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mummblingme wrote a review Dec 2019
Chicago, Illinois153 contributions28 helpful votes
This attractive modern museum reveals the ancient and elegant world of the Heian period of Japan through interactive displays, full screen sets and models. The focus? Just one: "The Tale of Genji", acclaimed as the world's first novel, written in the early 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu, along with the life and culture of the Heian aristocrats. Get the free audio guide in English, which helps take you through the museum room by room. Check out the on site cafe and well designed gift shop. Admission is $6 and includes a creative animated adaptation of the novel's storyline and its importance in modern society.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jenna Marie wrote a review Jul 2019
Denver, Colorado13 contributions
Having never read Tale of Genji (it was given to me as a gift years ago and has been sitting on my bookshelf ever since...) I wasn't a die-hard fan of the novel. However, the museum provided a lot of insight into the aristocratic culture of Japan, despite not being familiar with the story. The cafe was the only downside. I wanted to sit and chat about the museum over a cup of coffee with my travel mates, but the cafe felt more like a convenience store sitting area than a cozy relaxing space. I think that they could do much better with the layout!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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ptorts wrote a review Apr 2019
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The Museum does have guide pads for English speakers. It is also very well located. Uji is beautiful and not as touristy as Fushimi Inari. You can stop and visit the place on your way to Nara. Very close to Kyoto by train (not even 30 minutes). Would definitely come back.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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AyaHawaii wrote a review Jul 2018
United States1,937 contributions62 helpful votes
Genji Monogatari, history of Mr. Hilaru Genji is very famous non fiction old story in Japan. The place has so many details of the story. The place attracted to me to read the story again even though I learned some when I was students. You may learn the life of old Japanese rich people. It was so interesting.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Chris V wrote a review Jan 2018
Sydney, Australia21 contributions8 helpful votes
Spent about an hour and a bit here - a few rooms, and I particularly liked the one telling about the uji chapters. I would say it’s definitely a well-maintained museum, small but containing interesting details. English audio commentary is available and I’m glad I opted for that to understand what was going on. There’s also a short film of the uji chapters, definitely watch that and the audio commentary covers that too. Small but interesting gift shop with a cafe that was quite busy when I visited.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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