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    Uji Shrine

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jun 9, 2012

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    Confusingly there is a Uji Shrine which is a small local shrine and a Ujigama shrine which is a world heritage site. The Uji shrine was built in 1192 to commerate one of the sons of Emperor Ohjin who commited hari kari (ritual suicide).

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    Uji Fireworks

    by Rabbityama Written Sep 10, 2011
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    The Uji Fireworks festival is held on August 10. While Uji is usually a peaceful town with a very manageable number of tourists, during this festival be prepared for hoards of people and massive crowds! It doesn't even feel like the same city! It is an extremely popular event! The fireworks start well after it gets dark, but go early if you want a particularly good viewing spot. The fireworks are shot from the bridge.

    Along with the fireworks there are hundreds of food and drink stands lining the streets! The show lasts for an hour with some short pauses here and there.

    No matter how you got here, be prepared for a long wait to get home. The Keihan Station is typically a bit faster than the JR Station but both will require a lot of patience, because most people arrive by train. If you are prepared for the wait and don't get yourself worked up, it's really not that bad and the fireworks are great!

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    Unesco world heritage ...

    by cheesecake17 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The temple picture on the back of the 10 yen coin is of Byodo-in temple located 12 km south of Kyoto station, in Uji city...

    Is one of the few original architecture dating back to the 11th century(heian period)....It was built to resemble a phoenix and you will see a replica of these on the roof.....

    It was build in 950 first as a cottage for MINAMOTO TORU, the person believed to have been the REAL life individual...HIKARU GENJI, the hero of "THE GENJI STORY" .(click).The tale is regarded as one of the world's greatest love novels....

    Byodo-in was later converted into a Buddhist temple...and in 1994 it was added to the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST.....

    8.30am-5pm daily Mar-Nov;
    9am-4pm Dec-Feb.

    Admission is ??600 for adults and includes the Hoshokan.
    Admission to the Phoenix Hall cost an additional ??500.

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    Obakusan Mampukuji Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 9, 2010

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    Obakusan Mampukuji Temple is the head of the Obaku sect of Zen Buddhism. Even before entering, you can see by looking at the roof on the gate that it was designed using the Chinese Ming Dynasty-style architecture, which makes sense, because this sect of Buddhism came from China. It is one of the three major sects of Zen Buddhism in Japan, along with Rinzai and Soto. Of course, you'll also notice many Japanese elements, particularly in the temple's interior. The temple grounds are typically peaceful with few other visitors, so it's a nice getaway from the more touristy attractions.

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    Ujigami Shrine

    by Rabbityama Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    Built in 1060, Ujigami Shrine is considered to be the oldest Shinto Shrine in the country (although there are a few other shrines that also claim to be the oldest). Regardless, it is undoubtedly one of the oldest. It is rather small, but its age makes it a significant cultural treasure. It was designated a World Heritage Site, along with Byodoin, Enryakuji, and many sites in Kyoto.

    Like most shrines, it is free to visit.

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    Byodoin Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Jul 8, 2010

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    The Byodoin Temple is one of Japan's most iconic temples; it appears on the ten yen coin! The Phoenix Hall dates back to 1053. It is a hall dedicated to the worship of Amida Buddha, and if you take the tour, you can enter to see the Buddha statue up close. If you enter, don't forget to look at the walls. There is a lot of great artwork that many visitors actually miss, because they are focused only on the Buddha.

    The museum that accompanies the temple holds many great treasures from the temple. One of the highlights is the room filled with statues of Boddhisatvas, but all of the artifacts are quite well-preserved. It's well worth it to spend some time here.

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    Mimurotoji Temple

    by Rabbityama Written Jun 25, 2010

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    Mimurotoji Temple is rarely frequented by foreign tourists but not because it's not worth it! The temple itself is historic. It's the tenth temple in the Saigoku Pilgrimage Route. Beyond that, the temple is built in the mountainside and hydrangeas and azaleas have been planted all over the mountainside, so from mid-May through June the temple grounds blossom into a gorgeous array of flowers! I had no idea of this when I decided to go and I was shocked to see how beautiful it was.

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    Tale of Genji Museum

    by Rabbityama Written Jun 24, 2010

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    Foreigners tend to know Uji as the site of Byodoin Temple however, most Japanese first associate Uji with the Tale of Genji. Uji is the setting of the last ten chapters of Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji, which is said to have been the world's first novel. The museum recreates scenes from the books. There is an audio guide available for non-Japanese speakers, so you will be able to follow along. Because the story was written and takes place in the Heian Period, the exhibits also provide a look into life in the Heian court.

    Entrance is 500 yen.

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    Amagase Dam

    by Rabbityama Written Jun 24, 2010

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    Not far from the city's center is Amagase Dam. It was built in 1964 to prevent flooding in the city. Although it's not a historic site, the view from atop the dam is impressive and it's completely free to walk atop. It's worth it if you have the time or if you want to add a little variety to your itinerary.

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    Byodoin Temple

    by Vishuddha Written Nov 2, 2008

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    Everybody in Japan is familiar to this temple even though they don't know where it is actually.
    Yes, the familiar Byodoin Hou-ou-do, the Phoenix Hall, is embossed on Japanese 10 yen coin!

    Byodoin Temple was established in 1052, and the Phoenix Hall was in the following year 1053 to enshrine the Amida-Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata, the national treasure).
    Also they have numerous cultural assets from the Heian Period, from the end of the 8th century to the 12th century. From my opinion, it's very interesting to see the 52 statues of Worshiping Bodhisattvas on Clouds inside of the Phoenix Hall. Every statue is riding on a cloud while dancing or playing various instruments. You can see some of them closer in the Hoshokan which is the museum in Byodoin.

    The temple is surrounded by the beautiful garden. It's worth to walk around or sit down and enjoy the stillness of the beauty.

    Open : 8:30am - 5:30pm
    Entrance fee to Garden including Museum: 600 yen (for adult)
    Entrance fee to Phoenix Hall : 300 yen (for adult)

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    Pure land garden

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 26, 2006

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    The garden right in front of the PHOENIX HALL, is consider a masterpiece an a HISTORIC PLACE OF SCENIC BEAUTY....

    The AJIIKE POND, as is known in japanese was believed to modeled after the TREASURE POND in the PURE LAND..Pure land gardens were ORIGINAL to the HEIAN period and it is believed that they spread throughout Japan from the influence of the garden in BYODO-IN....

    .the name BYODO-IN stand for GOKURAKUJODO which means PURE LAND in Buddhism ....

    The reason the Phoenix hall point EAST is because under Buddhist doctrine paradise is beleived to exist in the west and THIS building was suppose to be WORSHIPPED from ACROSS the pond , located in the EAST....

    If you have a look at the AMIDA from across the lake, it appears to be floating, suspended in the phoenix hall...:)...This add to the Mystique of the temple....

    Also , just inside the entrance, the garden includes the Ogi no Shiba (fan lawn). This small triangular shaped patch of earth ,is famous for being place where Minamoto Yorimasa committed suicide (seppuku).

    Minamoto Yorimasa was a warrior-poet and was referred to in one of JAPAN most famous prose war tales "The Tale of the Heike" (click)

    On a happier note..:)...Standing north of the phoenix hall is an old JAPANESE WISTERIA(fuji) said to be 200 years old....It is in full bloom from LATE april to EARLY may..

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    Goes by many names...

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 26, 2006

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    The statue of the AMITABHA TATHAGATA, or AMIDA NYORAI, or MIDA BUDDHA, is what you will see in the main Phoenix hall, its a NATIONAL TREASURE, and the principal object of worship....

    Why??, because it was carved in the 11th century, by the skillful sculptor JOCHO, and its the sole remaining example of his work.....

    The statue is about 3 mt high....to big to have been carved from a SINGLE piece of wood...so JOCHO was credited with the wood technique call YOSEGI ZUKURI....which involves carving ONE LAYER of wood and then another, and join to create a statue...

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    Byodo-in Museum Joshokan

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 26, 2006

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    There a few Important objects in the museum that should not be miss..

    The phoenix birds you see at the top of the Byodo-in are replicas of the original..which are on display in the museum....The 2.3 m original phoenix are a NATIONAL TREASURE

    The museum also contain a remarkable collection of "BODHISATVA ON CLOUD" wooden statuettes from the Heian period which also are NATIONAL TREASURES:..Each was carved from a single piece of Cypress.....and symbolize an image of the pure land in a 3 dimensional form...
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    The BONSHO or Temple bell was made in the 11th century casting decorations with images of an angel, lion and arabesque design.....the bell is consider one of 3 GREATEST BELL IN JAPAN....the other 2 are in JINGO-JI temple , in Kyoto and the other ONJO-JI temple , in Ohtsu city......

    the seated statue of Amitabha Tathagata (a national treasure)

    the oldest existing door paintings (showing the Amitabha's epiphany, also a national treasure)

    the Kannondo (Avalokitesvara Hall, an important cultural property)

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    The beauty of Byodo-in..

    by cheesecake17 Updated Jan 26, 2006

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    ......Is that is extremely old and worn but keeps it original decorations and atmosphere of what the Heian period was....

    The CENTRAL building came to be known as the PHOENIX HALL by local travelers during the early EDO PERIOD(1603-1868).....for 2 reason, one obviously because a pair of Phoenix decorate the top of the roofline and the other becasue the entire hall look like a bird alighting on a lake.......

    The building consist of a central hall(phoenix or amida hall), wing corridor(yokuro) and a tail(biro)....According to history it seem the wings had no purpose at all....maybe more as an artistic purpose, creating elegance in the balance of the building....???......

    The tail also seems to provide no purpose but further finding shows it probably built as a passageway to a building that used to exist to the rear....

    . In those days, there were many other buildings other than the Phoenix Hall, taking up most of the old Uji-cho city. In 1336, most of the buildings burned down in the Kusunoki Hatakeyama war, leaving only the Pheonix Hall, and the Kannon-do and bell tower which was rebuilt in the Kamakura era. The Pheonix Hall is the ONLY building in which the vestige of when the Byodo-in was found still remains....

    There are 2 bridges, the ARCHED BRIDGE(soribashi) and FLAT BRIDGE(hirabashi) link the structure to the garden, these have been restored to their original appearance and bring the garden and the AMIDA HALL together....

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    Byodoin

    by maverick-mw Written Feb 8, 2005

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    The main and possibly only reason people come to Uji (just south of Kyoto) is to see the Byodoin, which is on the back of the 10-yen coin.

    Described as being one of the top 5 must-see buildings in Japan according to one list, it is one of the best example of architecture from that period. Originally a palace, it was converted into a temple, and from that into a shameless tourist magnet.

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