Spots in Uji / Nagaokakyo Area

  • Nakamura Tokichi Main store
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    419 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Ichiban 10
    Situated in Uji, the main location of the venerable Nakamura Tokichi tea shop founded in 1854. The café serves a variety of teas such as top class bessei hatsumukashi matcha green tea, green tea sweets, and light meals such as tea soba and match udon noodles. In addition to selling famous teas, the shop also holds classes on grinding powdered matcha and making green tea.

    30 minutes wait time was worth for these dishes in Uji. 2 minutes walk from JR Uji station. (just across main road)

  • Mimurotoji Temple
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    263 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Todou Shigatani 21
    A Buddhist temple located in Uji, Kyoto and the 10th station on the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. Said to have been founded in 770, legend has it that the temple’s principal object of worship, a figure of the thousand armed Kannon, emerged from the rocky pool deep in the temple grounds. The 16,000 square meter garden blossoms with seasonal flowers and is famed for its 20 thousand azaleas of various types in spring and 10 thousand French hydrangeas of 50 varieties in early summer. The fall foliage in autumn is also beautiful and the temple is so famous for this site it has become a byword for the autumn colors locally.

    I visited the Mimurotoji and its gardens under the suggestion of a Japanese friend. The view that met us shortly after the entrance was nothing short of spectacular! Tucked away from the usual...

  • Ujigami-jinja Shrine
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    354 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Yamada 59
    The main shrine building of this Shinto shrine is believed to be Japan’s oldest example of shrine architecture and is dedicated to Prince Uji no Wakiiratsuko, Emperor Ojin, and Emperor Nintoku. The main shrine building, a National Treasure, is thatched with hinoki bark and is flanked on either side by inner shrines. All three buildings are built in the same nagare-zukuri architectural style. The front shrine standing in front of the main shrine building, a National Treasure, is built with hinoki cypress felled in the early Heian period and is a rare example of the ancient shinden-zukuri architectural style. In 1994, the entire grounds of the shrine were registered as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” World Heritage listing.

    Beautiful cherry trees within the shrine area:A must see during the sakura-season. Also beautifully located at the Uji-River - really worth a visit.

  • Iwashimizu-Hachimangu Shrine
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    209 Reviews
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    Kyoto Yawatashi Yawata Takabou 30
    Considered one of the greatest Hachiman shrines, Shinto shrines dedicated to Hachiman, in the country, this shrine was established in 859 when the deity of Usa Hachimangu in Kyushu was ceremonially divided and transferred here to protect an Imperial castle built in southwestern Heian-kyo (the former name of the city of Kyoto), considered an unlucky area due to the tenets of feng shui. Today, believers come to the shrine for protection from evil and calamity, and has come to be affectionately known as “Yawata no Hachiman-sama.” The Shrine’s vermillion-lacquered main building was rebuilt with donations from Tokugawa Iemitsu in the Edo period, and it, together with structures such as the inner shrine, outer shrine, two tier gate, are all registered as Important Cultural Property.

    The main building is designated as a National Treasure a couple of years ago. This is the home of Hachiman shrines which spreads all over Japan. I bought a good luck charm years ago and it was so...

  • Byodoin
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    8 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Renge 116
    A Buddhist temple located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture that was founded in 1052 when Fujiwara no Michinaga, the father of Fujiwara no Yorimichi, turned a villa he had inherited into a temple. Due to the pessimism of the time which believed the world was coming to an end, Pure Land Buddhism grew in popularity, and the temple’s hall was designed to recreate the Western Paradise, a key aspect of the faith. The luxurious hall enshrines a seated figure of Amitabha created by the Buddhist sculptor Jocho. Most of the original temple excluding the main hall, Kannon hall, and bell tower were destroyed by fire. In the Byodoin Museum Hoshokan, however, visitors can view a Chinese Phoenix depicted on the ceiling and temple bell (National Treasures) as well as 26 of the 52 floating bodhisattva figures suspended from the ceiling of the main hall.

    Three of us went there soon after they opened. It was busy time in the morning. We waited, and totally out of our expectation, we were given 2 tables, one for 2 people and 1 for 1 person. They had...

  • Joruri-ji Temple
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    118 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kidugawashi Kamochounishio Futaba 40
    This temple of the Shingon Risshu sect is located in Kamo Town, Kizugawa City, Kyoto. It is known as “Kutai-ji” (Nine-body Temple) due to the nine Amitabha Tathagata statues kept in the main hall. The garden, which represents the world of paradise, is a Jodo-style garden with Yakushi to the east, Amida to the west, and a pond in the center. The main hall has clay tiles laid laterally, and the interior pagoda houses a statue of Bhaisajyaguru. Both have been designated National Treasures. The standing statue of Kisshoten is famous as a Buddhist statue rarely shown to the public, and it is only displayed once each in spring, fall, and on New Year’s Day.

    There is a bus no.112 going to this temple from JR Nara, only spending half hour, quite convenient. Suggest to buy one day bus pass, only ¥500 each. Moreover, the wooden pass is cute. The temple is...

  • Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine
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    120 Reviews
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    Kyoto Nagaokakyoushi Tenjin 2-15-13
    Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine enshrines the god of studies Sugawara Michizane. It is also called Mikaeri Tenjin because when Michizane was demoted to Dazaifu, he turned back and was reluctant to leave this area. The end of April is the best time to visit, with wonderful 2.5-meter-tall Kirishima azaleas in bloom, making for the special sight of the main approach covered in deep crimson blossoms.

    Now is the best season for walking here, if you like walking and relax. You still see cherry blossoms and historical tenmangu with not so many people.

  • Uji-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    149 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Yamada 1
    This Shinto shrine is dedicated to Ujinowaki Iratsuko-no-Mikoto, son of Emperor Ojin. The enshrined deity had made this land his home when, according to the legend, he got lost on the way to Uji from Kawachi province. A divine messenger in the form of a rabbit called a “Mikaeri Usagi” (turning back rabbit) guided him back by hopping along a little way and then looking back as if to say, “Follow me,” before hopping on a little further. As such the omikuji fortunes are contained in cute little ceramic rabbits.

    Not worth a visit although its on route to the Genji museum and Ujigami shrine. However the Ujigami shrine is also not worth it. Havent visited the museum though. Its free so no loss except your...

  • Suntory Kyoto Brewery (Natural Water Beer Plant)
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    120 Reviews
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    Kyoto Nagaokakyoushi Choushi 3-1-1
    This Suntory beer factory in Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture holds free guided tours of the production process for its “The Premium Malts” beer. Places on the tour must be reserved in advance and each tour takes 70 to 90 minutes. After learning about how beer ingredients are chosen, one can look at the preparation pots up close and then learn about the real production process. After the tour there are three types of beer or soft drinks to try. In the shop they sell beer direct from the factory, original goods and limited-offer beer snacks.

    Great tour to understand how Suntory beer is made and you get to have audio guides as the tour is in Japanese. Reservations required. The tour ends with free beer tasting of the many variety they...

  • Uji City The Tale of Genji Museum
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    143 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Higashiuchi 45-26
    This museum located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture collects and displays materials pertaining to the Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji), the full-length novel by Murasaki Shikibu. Inside, it is divided into video exhibition rooms including the Heian-no-Ma which introduces the world of the Genji Monogatari and the life of Japanese nobles with models and video, and the Uji-no-Ma, which takes the theme of Uji Jujo (The 10 Quires of Uji) in the third part of the Genji Monogatari, which was set in Uji. There are also a teahouse offering Japanese sweets and a shop selling merchandise related to the Genji Monogatari.

    This attractive modern museum reveals the ancient and elegant world of the Heian period of Japan through interactive displays, full screen sets and models. The focus? Just one:The Tale of Genji...

  • Seizanjodoshu Sohonzan Komyoji Temple
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    93 Reviews
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    Kyoto Nagaokakyoushi Ao Saijou Inside 26-1
    Famous for the brilliant late fall colors of the Japanese maples that line its approach, Komyoji Temple is the seventh sacred site of the Kyoto Rakusai Kannon pilgrimage. The grounds cover about 66,000 square meters and encompass 32 temple buildings. On the second Sunday of the month they hold a tea ceremony for the public in their Hirotaniken tea room. The temple is popular for taking some time out while watching the plums and weeping cherry trees in spring and the maple leaves turning in autumn.

    Obviously, from the number of Japanese maples around, it is to be view in the Autumn. Cold comfort for me going in May as simply green, green and more green. Im sure it looks great in season, but...

  • Gansenji Temple
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    71 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kidugawashi Kamochouiwafune Kaminomon 43
    This temple of the Shingon Risshu sect is located in Kamo Town, Kizugawa City, Kyoto. It is famous for its hydrangeas, which has earned it the nickname “Hydrangea Temple.” It is not clear when it was constructed, but it is said it was founded when high priest Gyoki was instructed by Emperor Shomu to build a hall dedicated to Amitabha in the southern region of Narukawa. You’ll find three-storied pagodas from the Muromachi period, a statue of Amitabha Tathagata, and other Important Cultural Properties. The temple grounds are filled with seasonal blooms, including cherry blossoms, camellias, water lilies, and various fall foliage, and approximately 5,000 hydrangeas blossom during the rainy season, the best time to view them.

    If you visit Joruriji temple, must go to this temple as well, just 7 minutes bus ride. Spare more time to travel around the village to see the Buddhas crafted on caves, it’s a walking route. But I...

  • Koshoji Temple
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    73 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Yamada 27-1
    Koshoji is a temple located in the city of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. It was the first temple of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism built in Japan, founded by Dogen as Kosho Horinji Temple. Its principle image is that of Sakyamuni and two bodhisattvas. The path to this temple is famous for its tree buds and cherry blossoms in the spring and for its colorful leaves in the fall. Among its religious offerings are meditation retreats on the first and third Mondays of the month and sampler sessions of zazen that are open to the public.

    We have visited the temple by end Nov. and it was a bit late for viewing foliage falls there. Anyway, we could still see color changes around.

  • Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
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    34 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Otsumi-gun Oyamazaki Town 5-3
    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art is located in the town of Oyamazaki, Otokuni County, Kyoto Prefecture. Industrialist Shotaro Kaga designed and built the original building, Oyamazaki Villa, which was later remodeled and converted to a museum. It holds exhibits and displays collections of artists associated with the folk art movement. Located on the slopes of Mount Tennozan, it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the confluence of three rivers: the Kizu River, the Uji River, and the Katsura River.

    The cafe is located on the second floor of the very fine museum. The menu is very small, limited to cakes, coffee, and juices, but everything was tasty. The view from the outside terrace is a...

  • Fukujuen Uji-Cha Kobo Workshop
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    60 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Yamada 10
    This hands-on facility where you can learn about Uji tea culture is located about an eight-minute walk from Keihan Railway's Uji Station in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture. In the workshop, you can experience making matcha (finely ground green tea) with a stone mill and making hojicha (roasted green tea), and enjoy a tea ceremony in the tea room. In addition, you can also get a taste of treats such as tea, matcha ice cream parfaits and tea soba noodles in the Fukuju Saryo. This popular spot is visited by many tourists both inside and outside Japan.

    Uji is known for their excellent tea and Fukujuen Ujicha is the perfect place to learn about tea, try your hand at grinding tea to make matcha and tasting tea-inspired cuisine. This...

  • Kaijyusenji Temple
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    33 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kidugawashi Kamochoureihei Ocean Susan 20
    This is a temple in Kizugawa City in Kyoto Prefecture, in which is enshrined an eleven-faced Kannon of the Chizan sect of Shingon Buddhism. The famous five story pagoda, which is the third temple of the 18 historical temples in the pagoda pilgrimage is a National Treasure, and the eleven-faced Kannon has both been designated a National Important Cultural Property. Many visitors make their way to this spot for prayer and worship.

    We got off the train at Kamo and hiked through the small town, then up through countryside, over a river, past farms and along a winding mountain road until we finally arrived about one and a half...

  • Kyoto Prefectual Yamashiro Sports Park (Taiyogaoka Stadium)
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    18 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Hironochou Hachikenyadani 1
    This park is known by the nickname Taiyogaoka (Hill of Sunshine). It is a popular park among people bringing their families as it equipped with a pool, tennis court, baseball field, play and adventure forests, as well as a connect forest with play equipment making use of the natural environment.

    孫が所属しているボーイスカウトの集会をここでやると言うことで行ってみました。宇治市役所の脇の道を進んでいった山の上に陸上競技場、サッカー場、野球場、体育館、アイススケート場、テニスコート、プール等々更にはレストランもあり一日中楽しめるところです。別名、太陽が丘とも呼ばれています。駐車場は1日400円(普通自動車)です。スポーツしなくてものんびりできるところでした。

  • Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Byodoin Branch)
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    165 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Renge 5-1
    Nakamura Tokichi is a Japanese-style confectionary in the city of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. This venerable shop has its own onsite cafe overlooking the Uji River where customers can enjoy traditional sweets. In addition to ice cream and gelatin desserts made with powdered green tea, customers can also order green tea soba and udon noodles. The restaurant also offers take-out service. Due to its location near the Byodoin Temple, it is a popular refreshment stop for tourists on weekends and holidays.

    Best sweet restaurant in Uji. As you might know, Uji is the capital of matcha in the world. At Nakamura Tokichi Byodoin, they utilize matcha to its fullest extent. Try out the matcha kakegori, soba...

  • Tamakitei
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    92 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Gokashou Hirano 57-14
    This bakery is in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture. The shopkeeper prepares the dough and makes amazing bread the whole day through with high-quality domestic, European, and Canadian ingredients, checking every stage along the way until it's finished. The inviting and relaxed wooden interior is always filled with smiling customers who come for the shop's huge variety of baked goods.

    Finding a bakery of such quality here was quite unexpected! The bread choice is wide and they also have products I didnt expect to find here. For instance, they have ciabatta, a typical italian...

  • Muko Shrine
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    27 Reviews
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    Kyoto Mukoushi Mukouchou Kitayama 65
    "A Shinto shrine located close to Nishi-Muko Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line. Dedicated to the god Muko-no-Kami, the main shrine building has been designated an Important Cultural Property as an excellent example of Muromachi period nagare-zukuri style architecture. This same building is also known to have been the model for the main shrine building at Meiji Jingu. Shrine highlights include six lesser shrines on the grounds; a kendo hall once used as the staff room for the former Koyo Elementary School; Katsuyama Park, a popular place for walking; and a cherry tree garden which appeared in Tsutomu Minakami's famous novel ""Sakuramori."""

    來到向日市,這向日神社理所當然的是這城市信仰中心,正值新年假期,從阪急車站西向日下車,走約10分鐘,經過一個長長坡道即可到達,神社佔地不大,但人潮洶湧,充滿新年的熱鬧氣氛,可以感受到日本人的新年風情,是值得一去的神社。

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