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Byodoin Uji Reviews

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Byodo-In Aug 17, 2012
Byodo-In Temple is a pinnacle landmark and World Heritage site located in Uji City of the Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It consists of 11th century Heian Era Buddhist architecture and artwork. It’s national treasure is the Amida Buddha Statue consisting of Japanese cypress. The entry cost is 600 yen for adults.

Though there is much reconstruction and modern preservation as late as 2014, there is a lot of interesting sites to see. The main attraction is the Pagoda of Phoenix Hall, which is featured on the national 10 Yen coin and located near the Uji river. The Phoenix Hall costs an additional 300 yen for entry. The hall consists of Four different buildings: The Nakado, the Northern Temple, the South West Front and the Tanodate.

A neat expansive Jodo-Shiki garden that surrounds the Ashi Pond and the Chuo Shoukan museum is worth exploring as well. The Museum store has on display many of the national treasures including the 52 wooden Boddhisattvas, the temple bell, and the south end Phoenix.

When I visited, it was on a hot day in August 2012. It was a very noteworthy experience nonetheless. I do recommend going during fall or spring time when the temperatures are much more hospitable. Uji city is in a geographic heat pocket and the heat in this region can be unbearable. There are some parts of the Temple where we weren’t able to take pictures so most memorable photos were external. There is still, much knowledge to extract from Byodoin Temple as it a solidly recommended attraction for the casual sight seer. I admire the national attempt to preserve and maintain the structure throughout the millennia. It is for this reason that Buddhism will never be forgotten or phased out of Japan in the near future.
In front of Phoenix Hall
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