Museums & Sights


The temple etched into the back of every ¥10 coin has more national treasures than any temple in Kyoto. Byodo-in’s Phoenix Hall is a piece of ostentation that has survived intact since 1053. It is thought to be an embodiment of paradise, with a lake marking the boundary between Heaven (the temple) and Earth. The resident of the hall, a 3m-high Amida Buddha, was carved by the era’s most renowned sculptor, Jocho, who also worked on the 52 floating deities in the museum.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009



116 Uji Renge, Kyoto

Transport Uji station (JR Nara line).

Telephone 077 421 2861

Open Mar-nov 8.30am-5.15pm daily. dec-feb 9am-4.45pm daily.

Admission Admission ¥600.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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