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Byodoin Temple

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Address: 116 Ujirenge, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
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Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor,...

Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.

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Most beautiful temple in all Japan

We must have visited 30 temples during our 3 weeks, but this was our favourite. A short train trip from Kyoto Station, so relatively uncrowded. Stunning gardens during cherry... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We must have visited 30 temples during our 3 weeks, but this was our favourite. A short train trip from Kyoto Station, so relatively uncrowded. Stunning gardens during cherry blossom season. One original building over 1000 years old.

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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We travelled a little outside Kyoto ( by convenient) to see this very impressive temple which also has an excellent modern museum with artifacts relating to the temple. IMO this place outshines some of the more famous temples in Kyoto.

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Wonju, South Korea
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First thing we went to in the morning after checking out of our hostel in Uji (after breakfast) and absolutely love everything in and around it

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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This temple was built more than 1000 years ago as a countryside retreat villa for Fujiwara no Michinaga. Michinaga's son turned it into a temple and ordered the construction of the Phoenix Hall. Now famous as the feature on the 10 yen coin, it is well worth a visit to see. We had a big day planned when we visited... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was very impressed with Byodoin Temple...thought it was absolutely lovely. I went on a sunny day at the beginning of April and spent about 90 mins taking it all in and looking around the grounds and museum. The main hall is in excellent condition and you can go inside by paying an extra fee and booking a place (they only... More 

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Kobe, Japan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For me Japanese gardens are some of the most peaceful places anywhere. Though Byodoin is not one of the best known gardens in Kyoto, it's worth a visit nonetheless. We visited when the hanging asteria were in bloom, making the grounds even more attractive than usual. The Phoenix Hall and the treasures inside were stunning.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place during our short visit to Uji. The temple was not big but it was very well maintained, housed interesting exhibits and rather beautiful. Go early if you want to avoid the crowd and get good photos of the buildings there. Really worth the visit if you are in Uji.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Byodoin is a temple that has stood for a thousand years, tucked away in a picturesque city. It's main hall is on the 10 yen coin and it's a world heritage site....If you're anywhere near Uji, definitely make the trip. In an area of Japan with tons and tons of temples and shrines, its' still worth the visit.

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Reviewed 22 April 2017

This is the temple that is featured on the back of the Japanese 10 Yen Coin. It is the oldest wood structure in Japan. YOu can see the tear and rot in the wooden posts and wooden gates. It is off the main tourist drag and you have to take a train from Kyoto toget here, but it is worth... More 

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The temple itself is worth the trip from Kyoto or Nara. However, the "extra" being the museum is truly outstanding. The hyper modem building is so zen and has so clean lines that it one day will attract visitors just to enjoy it. Inside the museum, the objects are beautifully exhibited and with Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese descriptions. Truly... More 

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Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
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