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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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Its Easy to Fall In Love With Uji, With Places Like This

Uji was a place I wanted to travel to, simply because I wanted to try the lovely tea that is made and sold throughout the town. Upon arrival though, we headed to Byodo-in, to take... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Uji was a place I wanted to travel to, simply because I wanted to try the lovely tea that is made and sold throughout the town. Upon arrival though, we headed to Byodo-in, to take a look at some lovely temple grounds; we far and away made the correct choice. Upon entering (the staff is very friendly, by the way),... More 

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of this temple made here a peace temple. No so much people here as uji is less crowded with tourist if depends to Kyoto. Intended to visit here at the first time visit here at dec 2015, but i didnt have enough time. So, finally, in dec 2016, I'd visited here. The temple area is clean. And if... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wonderful and very interesting temple that not popular for Thai people even though it's one of the World Heritage Sites in Japan.

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I don't recall whether we had intended to visit here, but I believe we stumbled in and we're not disappointed. The temple is very picturesque, well-kept, and full of schoolchildren. So it is difficult to get a great picture without people in it. Nevertheless this is the case all over Japan, especially in its most beautiful locations. It was a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We spent a half day in Uji while staying in Kyoto and loved it. This temple was much less crowded than all of the others directly in Kyoto. It's located in a very ideal setting and it's really cool to see the place on the 10 Yen coin in person. Easy to get here from the JR Nara line.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Byodo-in is a stunning temple, in the lovely small town of Uji (rightly famous for its tea - which is sold on the walk to the temple). The main Phoenix Hall is stunning, and there is a wonderful museum which is both architecturally beautiful but also house some wonderful objects which are very well displayed. We would not have stopped... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

On the spur of the moment, we decided to go back to Uji. Such a beautiful experience! They town itself has a lot of cute shops and restaurants serving many items with matcha - Uji is known for their green tea! The temple is beautiful and can be very crowded - we were there during fall leaves and everyone wants... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

The image of Byodoin Temple is the one shown at the reverse side of ¥10 coin. This is quite a testament to its importance in Japan's History. Somehow its eleventh-century Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂 ), with its glorious statue of Amida Buddha, survived war, fire and years of neglect, and today preserves a stunning display of Heian-period art at its most... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

As with most temples you can easily check pictures and see what you'll get. This was well maintained and absolutely beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

The site - the grounds and the hall - was fantastic as we expected. It is great for photography. But the part that was very pleasantly surprising was the museum. It is not big but the exhibits are superbly displayed and showcased. We thought we would be done visiting in slightly more than an hour. But as it turned out,... More 

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