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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.

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place Kyoto Ujishi Uji Renge 116
phone 0774212861

Review of Byodoin Temple

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Reviewed:2018/11/12 Beautiful place, peaceful atmosphere.
The temple and grounds are very beautiful and calming. The museum has a wonderful collection and it was also very peaceful to wonder through. If you want something relaxing to do for an hour or two...
I am so happy I planned on my trip to Uji for I am so pleased I didn't miss this great temple. It plays heavily in Japanese history and the museum on the grounds is worth visiting to understand...
Reviewed:2018/11/11 one of Japans most picturesque buildings..
I was really looking forward to seeing this-in 1046 the author of one of my favorite books, Lady Sarashina who wrote "As I Crossed a bridge of Dreams" visited the imperial villa which was the orginal...



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[Garden] 8:30-17:30 (Information desk closed 17:15)
[Byodoin Museum Shosokan] 9:00-17:00 (Information desk closed 16:45)
[inside the hall] 9:10-16 :10 (Admission fee started from 9:30, 50 people every 20 minutes thereafter)
open everyday
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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.

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