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Byodoin Temple

116 Uji Renge, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 774-21-2861
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Photo opportunity on a sunny day

What a great photo opportunity on a sunny day...the reflection of the lake, the lovely grounds and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Beautiful temple

I went on a calm sunny autumn day, which showed the temple off to its best advantage, with lovely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
116 Uji Renge, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
Southern Kyoto
+81 774-21-2861
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a great photo opportunity on a sunny day...the reflection of the lake, the lovely grounds and the spectacularly beautiful and symmetrical Phoenix Hall (said to be the inspiration for Wright’s Imperial Hotel ).

Thank travellerfromatown
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on a calm sunny autumn day, which showed the temple off to its best advantage, with lovely reflections in the lake. I didn't bother going in the Phoenix Hall, but I was able to take my time getting photos of the outside from...More

Thank Selsy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Byodoin Temple is pretty on its own. The orange main building built in front of an artificial lake makes everything seen prefect. There is also a little museum inside the area which is a good showcase of ancient Japanese culture. That said, what got my...More

Thank Lorenciosm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple is about a 10 minute walk from the Keihan station. However the walk is bearable as you will pass by the beautiful Uji River where we stopped for photos. The street before the temple is also full of souvenir shops and teahouses where...More

1  Thank Amelia C
Reviewed 19 October 2017

A Unesco World Heritage site, like many others in Kyoto. It is one of the most beautiful temples we have seen around Japan and it offers many excellent photo motives.

Thank Thomas R
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The Temple and its grounds have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the garden is also a National Heritage Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. Yes, there are many temples and shrines in Japan and it is easy to overdose on them, but...More

Thank dav1c1t0
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Honestly I need to focus history more on World Cultural heritage sites. I saw a nice temple Byodoin Temple and more temples were all attractive in Kyoto. The museum was better attraction for me and the souvenirs after the visit were nice!

Thank wiseguy1282005
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

It was a very beautifully designed and built temple that you can miss in uji! A very peaceful architecture in the lake, and very classic in its design. Can't be missed for sure!

Thank Haelist
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

The whole area and garden are nice. The main temple has a big buddha inside that is worth the visit. There are like fixed timeslots you can get in, accompained by a guide, that does not speak English. There is a nice museum, included as...More

Thank Lauryn G
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

A short trip from Kyoto takes you past well manicured Uji tea gardens which have been highly regarded for centuries! A short easy walk from the train station brings you to Byodoin Temple with centuries of history this well kept Temple and its breathtaking Buddha...More

2  Thank FHSNYC
Southern Kyoto
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
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Tina H
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Response from Raymond W | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you can . The Japanese ticketing system is very primitive in these temples . The queue should not be too long .
Tina H
16 July 2017|
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Response from pieata | Reviewed this property |
Our driver told us that we pay on entry.,no prepay.