Byodo-in Temple (World Heritage Site: ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’)


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Byodo-in Temple in Uji of Kyoto is one of the cultural assets on behalf of Japan.

This temple was founded in 1052, and there is the history of about 1, 000 years.

In addition, Byodo-in Temple is appointed as the World Heritage List as part of the cultural assets of ancient capital of Kyoto.

The scenery of 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) and the garden which are a representative building is very beautiful.

鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) ‘s repair is completed in 2014, and the design of the Heian era was revived!

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  1. About World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’
  2. About Byodo-in Temple
  3. The relations of Byodo-in Temple and the design of Japanese money
  4. Highlight of Byodo-in Temple
  5. Goshuin(shrine seal or stamp) of Byodo-in Temple
  6. How to get to Byodo-in Temple

1.About World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’

17 places of temples and shrines of Kyoto are designated in ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’.

↓Details of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” is here.↓

2.About Byodo-in Temple

Byōdō-in (平等院) is a Buddhist temple in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, built in late Heian period. It is jointly a temple of the Jōdo-shū (Pure Land) and Tendai-shū sects.

As well as 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) which is representative in Byodo-in Temple, there is the highlight such as “平等院鳳翔館(Byodoin Museum Hoshokan)” which is the Japan’s first religious corporation art museum.

There are a lot of souvenir shop and cafes on the approach to this temple.

The Uji River on my way to the temple is also very beautiful.

Uji is the place noted in connection with the Tale of Genji(Author: Murasaki Shikibu).

The entrance of Byodo-in Temple.

Admission fee is 600 yen for adults.

300 yen needs the inside visit of 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) separately.

3.The relations of Byodo-in Temple and the design of Japanese money

When you ask a Japanese as follows… “What is Byodo-in Temple?”
Most Japanese answer is as follows… “It is a 10 yen coin!!”

The reason is because 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) is designed to 10 yen coin.

Two-shot of a genuine building and 10 yen coin.(○´艸`)

In addition, 鳳凰(phoenix) in the roof of 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) was designed to ten-thousand yen bill.


4.Highlight of Byodo-in Temple

There is a lot of highlight as well as 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) in Byodo-in Temple.


Byodo-in Temple is 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do), after all.

鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) was appointed as a national treasure and Michelin green guide ★★.

The Amitabha image which is enshrined in 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) was appointed as a national treasure and Michelin green guide ★★★.

As for the season of the fresh green and colored leaves, it is particularly beautiful.

The flower of the lotus blooms in July.

This lotus is called “平等院蓮(Byodo-in Temple lotus)”, and it is the natural scene or object which adds poetic charm to the season of the early summer of Byodo-in Temple.

Garden scenery to look at from 鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) side.


This is the important cultural property of a country built in the Kamakura era.

As for the wisteria trellis of Kannon-do, it is in full bloom about the end of April… (> <)b

●平等院鳳翔館(Byodoin Museum Hoshokan)

This is the first real museum in Japan for a religious corporation.

Unfortunately photography is prohibited in this museum.
The exhibition area where 26 statuees of WorshipingBodhisattvas on Clouds which are a national treasure are exhibited is splendid.

From the photograph of the brochure…

It is the break space outside the building.

●鐘楼(bell tower)(The one of the Japan’s three biggest ancient bells.)

This bell tower is one of the Japan’s three biggest ancient bells.
(Two of others are Jingo-ji (Kyoto) and Mii-dera Temple (Shiga).)byodoin-16

The bell displayed on the bell tower is a replica. The original bell is exhibited in a museum.


Jodoin is a sub-temple of Byodo-in.

This is a sub temple of Byodo-in, but it is an excellent temple.

This is大書院(Daishoin (large drawing room)) and 養林庵書院(Shoin of Yorinan) of Jodo-in. It is important cultural property.

羅漢堂(Rakan-do) of Jodo-in.


最勝院(Saisho-in) is also a sub-temple of Byodo-in.

There is a grave of Yorimasa Minamotono.

不動堂(Fudo-do) of  Saisho-in.

5.Goshuin(shrine seal or stamp) of Byodo-in Temple

There are two kinds of Goshuin((鳳凰堂(Hoo-do) and 阿弥陀如来(Amitabha))) in Byodo-in Temple.

This is the shrine seal of “鳳凰堂(Hoo-do)”. The red seal of the design of phoenix is characteristic.

6.How to get to Byodo-in Temple


●World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’

Nearest station of Byodo-in is “Keihan Uji Line Uji Station” or “JR Uji Station”.

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka)

■Route Example (From Kyoto)

■Keihan Uji Station→Byodo-in

About 10 minutes walk.
3 minutes by taxi.(About 620 yen.(Starting fare))

How did you like it?

When I go to Byodo-in Temple, please take 10 yen and 10,000 yen. (○´艸`)

Have a nice trip! ( *´艸`)


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