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“So expensive”
Review of Byodoin Temple

Byodoin Temple
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$81.27*
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Uji Walking Tour with Tea Ceremony from Kyoto
Ranked #1 of 84 things to do in Uji
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.
Reviewed January 25, 2013

I would give it a 5 star rating, but I was really upset by the price. There is the normal entrance fee and then another fee to go inside the Phoenix hall. It was already the end of the trip and I didn't have much money left, so I just gave the Phoenix Hall up. It's a very beautiful temple though and but it helps to know the history behind it.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Despite the main Phoenix haall being completely under wraps when I visited, this was still a highlight of my trip to Japan. The gardens are very nice, with a few small shrines and temples in them too, and as another reviewer mentions, you can still get a sense of how amazing the 'floating' temple looks, even with all the works underway. But what amazed me was the quality of the exhibition in the temple museum: there you can see the bodhisvatthas - beautifull carved in wood - who surrounded the giant buddha in the main temple, amongst other things, and they are INCREDIBLE to see up close, and are very well displayed in a darkened room. The two phoenixes from the roof are also there, and are lovely. There is also an audio-visual display at the end to give you a good idea of how the temple looks, as well as what colours the inside of it - including all the wooden carvings - would have been originally. I was very impressed that my visit to the temple was so enjoyable despite the renovations, all in all - and spent a couple of hours there easily, finding it very well worth the discounted 300 Yen entrance price.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We heard about the rennovation of the Phoenix Hall but still decided to take the 30 minute train ride from Kyoto to Uji to visit Byodoin, in the hope that we might get to visit inside the hall.

Uji is serene and elegant, with much fewer tourists than in Kyoto or Nara. The 15 minute walk from the JR Station to Byodoin was quite pleasant, which took us first through a commercial street where locals shop and go about their everyday life and then by the bank of River Uji with nice scenic views.

The Phoenix Hall, now completely covered, sits on a quiet pond. It is not difficult to imagine how magnificent it was and will be. To our disappointment, the entire building is off limit to visitors. The museum in the compound offers information on the history of this beautiful temple.

There are quite a number of shops outside Byodoin. We had soba in a resturant and sampled varieties of green tea in different shops and picked our own favorites.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

We were there when the temple was under wraps due to renovation. Look at a 10 cent yen coin to see the temple or a 10000 yen bill to visualize the phoenix. Go to the museum to enjoy the artifacts from the temple. Explore the setting and come back when the renovation is done. In the meantime enjoy the other temples and the shrine and get some green tea, green tea ice cream, green tea noodles. It is a lovely city in the tea growing region and the tea is superb.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Byodoin Temple is a bit far from the centre of Kyoto, but well-worth visiting. Take a guided tour to the Phoenix Hall and see a great Buddha statue. Then take a picture of the hall over the pond. Finally, visit Hoshokan Museum, where you can see treasures of the temple. Your ticket includes a museum entrance.

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