Byodoin Temple
Byodoin Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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08:30 - 17:15
Monday
08:30 - 17:15
Tuesday
08:30 - 17:15
Wednesday
08:30 - 17:15
Thursday
08:30 - 17:15
Friday
08:30 - 17:15
Saturday
08:30 - 17:15
Sunday
08:30 - 17:15
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Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.
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Neighbourhood: 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 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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Mascot, Australia709 contributions
The temple was designated to UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most famous building in the temple, the Phoenix Hall which hold the Amida Buddha statue and two statues of phoenix on the roof. The hall is pictured on 10 yen coin. Although Byodo-in Temple is one of the greatest and most spectacular temples in Kyoto, many visitors skip to visit there since it’s located in Uji city, which is approx 30 mins away from Kyoto station by train. So if you want to avoid mass crowds at Kyoto’s tourist sights, this temple is a really great destination. It really is spectacular to see. From Kyoto station, take the Nara line to Uji and walk about 15 mins. Don't forget to try some matcha in town as it is famous for this.
Written 24 January 2022
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,810 contributions
Byodoin Temple is a must when in the Kyoto area. I stopped here from Kyoto in route to Nara and glad I stopped. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain this day so my photos didn't come out as expected. Entrance fee, includes the temple and museum. The museum was really nice, no photos allowed but it was a nice modern building with informative information. The Byodoin Temple is very impressive. I loved the color and decorations throughout the building. The whole grounds were just impressive. I plan on coming back here at some point in hopes the weather will be better.
Written 8 September 2021
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shahrul79
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia220 contributions
Easy access from either train stations. Well kept buildings and facilities. Need to pay extra ¥300 to go inside the main hall. The museum was nice but not many explanations in English. This temple is on the 10 yen coin. Not a big place so it can be explored in less then an hour or so.
Written 15 March 2021
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Daniel Setiawan
South Tangerang, Indonesia170 contributions
This is the shrine on your ¥10 coin. Located in uji around 20 minutes with train from kyoto station to uji station. You can find this shrine around 10 minutes walk from uji station. This place is not that huge so you can just allocate less than 1 hour. This city is also famous for their matcha so don't forget to buy one is you a big fan of matcha.
Written 1 March 2020
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muzillu
Swieqi, Malta15 contributions
Byodo-in must be one of the most underrated attractions in Japan - usually guidebooks and websites highlight the Kinkaku-ji, Himeji-jo and the Kiyomizu-dera as places to visit, without mentioning the Byodo-in. It's a shame because it is absolutely spectacular and definitely counts as one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen in my life. It's even larger than I expected and its symmetry is aesthetically stunning, overlooking an equally gorgeous pond and garden. Highly recommended.
Written 20 February 2020
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LukeNgKC
Hong Kong, China104 contributions
Came here for the UNESCO World Heritage. It was like a cultural tour to the traditional garden. The pond and the Temple combined into a scene of beauty. Definitely have to mention the stroll from Uji Station, where you couldn’t help but admire the beautiful and peaceful surround of Uji.
Written 9 February 2020
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Elissa
Los Angeles, CA515 contributions
This temple is gorgeous, especially with the reflection. Sadly when I was just there, you can't see the full reflection but it is still nice to walk around. Plus, there weren't many tourists in the morning. A pleasant visit.
Written 30 January 2020
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Tommy
Calgary, Canada144 contributions
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The Byodoin Temple is an amazing structure that seems to freeze time with its calm and tranquil surrounding landscape. There is a separate charge of 300 Yen to enter the temple, but the majestic building was better for us at a distance.
In addition, the Museum is also an extension of the temple with much on showcase
Written 17 January 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA546 contributions
I had a lot of anticipation about coming to Byodo Inn because I had already visited it’s replica in Hawaii and was very impressed with it. And even though the original one here was nicer and breathtaking at many levels, I was left disappointed primarily because the Phoenix Hall was closed for construction. So effectively couldn’t go inside at all, just had to appreciate the facade from outside. The gardens adjacent to it are very tranquil full of fir trees, which makes it a very scenic and relaxing spot. There are multiple small sections and even though each of it is charming, overall I’d not necessarily recommend visiting Byodo Inn until Phoenix Hall reopens. As of now, I’d say the one in Hawaii is almost as impressive.

That said, the walk from Uji station to Byodo Inn is magnificent walking through small alleys of a small commercial peaceful town in Japan, with a lot of cute tannuki statues and I loved that part thoroughly. You can also shop for Uji matcha at various shops along the trail, and none of it is overcrowded with tourists.
Written 11 January 2020
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AMacSpon
Wellington, New Zealand15 contributions
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Don’t come here in a rush to see the sights and then move on. You’d be wasting a marvellous opportunity. Byōdō-in is one of the most extraordinary beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Go there, find a spot where you can see the temple, spot there and soak it in. Your soul will be better for it.
Written 5 January 2020
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