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Byodo-in temple

Kyoto, Byodo-in temple Byodo-inByodo-in is a Buddhist temple, and is located about 1 km east of JR Uji station. It is near Uji River.
This temple is one of 17 constructions of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" designated as a World Heritage Site.

Since the 9th century, Uji had been the resort area of the nobility in Kyoto, so there were many villaa in this area.
One of them was Ujiden villa of Michinaga Fujiwara, a regent.
After he died in 1027, Yorimichi Fujiwara (992-1074), Michinaga's son, changed this villa to a Buddhist temple, Byodo-in.

In the 11th century, several buildings were built in this site.
But they had been destroyed by civil war or fire.
Miraculously, only Hououdo temple remains until now.

Hououdo means "Phoenix hall", and was built in 1053.
There is a main temple in the center of the building, and two small temples are connected with corridors on both sides of the main temple.
It looks like a phoenix with spread out wings.
On the roof of the main temple, a pair of bronze statues of phoenix are set up.

The image of this temple is on the Japanese 10 yen coin.
And the image of bronze statues of phoenix is on the 10,000 yen bill.

A few ponds surround Hououdo, and they form a Japanese garden.
Around Hououdo, there are some buildings.
Hoshokan is the new museum opened in 2001.

Hououdo is designated as a national treasure.
Many Buddha statues and wall paintings are inside of the temple, and all of them also are designated as national treasures.

The admission fees to this temple is 600 yen.
When you enter inside of Hououdo, you must pay 300 yen.

How to get to here

By railroad

By JR Nara Line, from Kyoto to Uji station, about 18 minutes by rapid train, about 24 minutes by local train.
About 10 minutes walk from there.




Hououdo in Byodo-in
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Hououdo
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Phoenix on the roof
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Kannondo temple
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Saishoin temple
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