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Byodoin (平等院)



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.


Kyoto Ujishi Uji Renge 116 (Uji / NagaokakyoArea)

phone 0774212861

[Garden] 8:30-17:30 (Information desk closed17:15)
[Byodo-in Museum Hoshokan] 9:00-17:00 (Information desk closed16:45)
[Inside of Phoenix Hall] 9:10-16 :10 (Admission fee starts at 9:30, 50 people once every 20 minutes thereafter)

Review of Byodoin Tea Salon TOKA

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/12/17 Not as good as expected
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...
Reviewed:2017/06/14 Must visit on your Byodo-in visit!
Toka is within the Byodo-in premises and serves authentic Uji green tea and macha.
To get to the Byodo-in, take either JR Nara Line or Keihan Uji Line, and get off at Uji Station. About a 30...
Reviewed:2020/03/25 日本茶コンシェルジェのいるお店
平等院内にあります。上煎茶 一杯600円でした。飲んでみて納得、自分の知っているお茶とは別のものでした。お勧めします。

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Kyoto Ujishi Uji Renge 116 [map]
Uji / NagaokakyoArea
[Garden] 8:30-17:30 (Information desk closed17:15)
[Byodo-in Museum Hoshokan] 9:00-17:00 (Information desk closed16:45)
[Inside of Phoenix Hall] 9:10-16 :10 (Admission fee starts at 9:30, 50 people once every 20 minutes thereafter)
open everyday
[Admission fee to worship (Garden Byodoin Museum Hoshokan)] Adults600yen, Junior and Senior High School Students 400yen, Elementary School Students300yen
[Hoshokan Admission fee] Visit fee 300yen
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Credit Card
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Available (docomo Wi-Fi, Kyoto Free Wi-Fi, etc.)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (excluding Museum Hoshokan, Phoenix Hall, Chabo Fujihana)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.