World Heritage: Byodoin Temple (Phoenix Hall)4.8
Byodoin Temple has the Phoenix Hall, one of the few original wooden buildings dating from 11th century. As the phoenix was revered as a protector of Buddhism, the hall sitting on a pond was made to resemble the shape of the bird and houses the famed Amida Buddha. The hall is featured on the reverse side of the 10 yen coin.
The attached museum offers high-quality exhibition and a huge pergola of wisteria near the entrance area is a must see. Uji is known for the production of green tea and there are an array of shops selling tea-related items on the street leading to the temple.
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We guide this spot.
5.03 months ago
The place is beautiful! The tranquil water reflecting the solemn temple is telling a story of ancient Kyoto. It is just awe-inspiring to imagine that many generations of Japanese emperor were born here and died here.
5.0a month ago
No words to describe the BEAUTY of this place!!! It is a little bit out of Kyoto but believe me it is really WORTH every effort you will make to reach it! An extraordinary temple which stands out with its brilliant colours and reflects in the lake. We were visiting in spring, and the colours of fresh greenery and one beautiful weeping sakura was to die for. We visited Phoenix Hall and the Museum. I was mostly impressed by the Museum. They have an original of Phoenix there which will leave you breathless. MY ADVICEç JUST GO!!!!!
5.03 months ago
Very beautiful and relaxing place to visit in Kyoto. No photos in the museum so you'll have to visit and see for yourself. The food shops and souvenir shops outside are amazing too!
4.03 months ago
I visited Byodoin Temple at mid afternoon. Prior to entering the premises we were informed that the moat water is below the normal level and maintenance work was being done.
The beauty of the place is that the temple would've been reflected off the water making it a mirror image. Alas, with the water level down, there was no reflection.
We were not able to enter the temple itself but the museum that was on the temple grounds provided us with a closer view of the bodhisattva that were supposed to meet you and guide you to the afterlife.
This is a world heritage site that is a must see in Kyoto
5.02 months ago
Really cool looking piece of history and the museum is really interesting too. I paid the extra ¥300 to go inside. I’d say it’s definitely worth the price, but if you get the timings wrong and have to queue for 20 mins that probably isn’t worth it.