Byodoin Temple

Byodoin Temple, Uji: Hours, Address, Byodoin Temple Reviews: 4.5/5

Byodoin Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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
About
Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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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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shahrul79
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia220 contributions
Very nice UNESCO site
Mar 2021
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
Shrine on your ¥10 Coin
Dec 2019
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, Malta16 contributions
Exquisite
Nov 2019
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
Beautiful and Peaceful
Dec 2019
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
Dana Point, CA483 contributions
Nice Temple
Jan 2020
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
Beautiful Temple
Jan 2020 • Couples
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, WA531 contributions
Beautiful in a super cute town, but Phoenix Hall is closed
Sep 2019
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 Zealand14 contributions
Extraordinary beauty and serenity
Jan 2020 • Couples
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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seven39
Osaka, Japan271 contributions
Byodoin is a very beautiful place and must be visited
Dec 2019
I have been living in Japan for more than 40 years, but this was my first visit to Byodo-in. I was so impressed. A beautiful shrine standing in the middle of a very beautiful garden. It is difficult to understand the beauty just by looking at the pictures. And it was built almost 1000 years ago!!
Written 29 December 2019
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menome
Brisbane60 contributions
Good attraction for Uji
Feb 2019
Uji in general was a pleasant surprise, especially if you like green tea. Interesting things to see and eat. This temple if probably the main attraction, thought it was ok, wouldn't go again, bit expensive and overrun by tourists, I enjoyed the city more.
Written 28 December 2019
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