Strategies to smoothly tour Byodoin Phoenix Hall, parking lot information, Uji information, etc.

Byodoin Phoenix Hall

Introduction of Byodoin Phoenix Hall

Byodoin-Hooudou(Japanese) in Uji, Kyoto, a national treasure and a World Heritage Site, is a popular tourist spot visited by many school excursions.
Byodoin Phoenix Hall, which is also designed on a 10-yen coin, is familiar, but it is a valuable cultural heritage that conveys the atmosphere of the Tale of Genji, which was written about 1,000 years ago.
By the way, the front of the Phoenix Hall of 10 yen is the “front" of 10 yen, and the one with 10 is the “back side".

Byodoin Phoenix Hall Sightseeing

Below is the main gate on the north side of Byodo-in Temple.


Sadaijin-Minamoto no Tōru There Byodo in the villa trace of (Toru of Minamoto), the Minamoto no Tōru is the year 1010 around Murasaki Shikibu has been to be a hero and Genji of the real model of the Tale of Genji wrote (Murasaki Shikibu) is You.
Later, in 998, after Emperor Uta, it became a villa, Ujiden, by Regent and Michicho Fujiwara.


In 1051, he played the role of the last nine years in Oshu, and the state of the nation became unstable. What was recreated as a temple is the current Phoenix Hall called Amida-do.
Therefore, Byodo-in Temple and Phoenix Hall will be built in 1052.


The scenery of the building reflected in the pond is very beautiful and tasteful.
In order to allow the aristocrats to safely return to paradise, we built Amitabha Nyorai, the priest of the western paradise, as a main priest, so in a sense, it was recreated in this world to go to the paradise of paradise.
The building on either side of the main hall in the middle is only about 1m high, so to speak, “decorative".


The giant Amitabha Nyorai statue, shining golden in the hall, is also designated as a national treasure.

After that, there were repeated fires and disasters, but miraculously, only Phoenix Hall remained.
Therefore, Phoenix Hall is of course designated as a national treasure and has been registered as a World Heritage Site.

The bird on the back of the 10,000-yen bill is the “Phoenix" statue, which is a copy of the phoenix on the roof of the Amidado Chudo wing.
The following was shot with a 50mm lens, but a phoenix would require a 250mm lens or more …


Byodo-in Garden is also designated as a National Historic Site and National Scenic Spot, and has been restored to its original appearance.

Byodo-in Phoenix Hall is an independent temple that does not belong to any religion.
To the naked eye it seems that there is not much reflection of the building on the pond, but in the photo it is more clearly reflected.

The following is taken from behind the Phoenix Hall.

The back of the Phoenix Hall is one step higher and there are several other towers.
Below is Jodo-in Temple.

The following is an independent temple “Saishoin" of Tendai sect.

The following is Fudodo.

There is a tomb of Gen Yorimasa right next to the Fudodo .

He was reputed to be Genji’s elder under the administration of Taira Kiyomori , but in 1180 he finally resigned with Iini (Takakura-miya and Sanjo-miya).
However, he was attacked by Heike’s great army while he was running at Byodo-in Temple.
It is said that even during such a war, the Phoenix Hall was not burned down but remained, but after this recruitment, Yoshimasa Kiso and Genori Yoritomo went on to raise troops one after another, leading to the death of Taira. They are connected.

Below is the grave of the first kindergarten, Daikei-an Tsuen.
After retiring as a vassal, Furukawa Unai who served Genyori Masami, he was called Takeian Tsuen Masahisa, and from 1160 the hermitage was located east of the Uji River. In the end, he was serving a small dose of Uji tea to people on the road.
However, apparently, in the role of the judge in 1180, he appeared to fight under Heike and fight the Heike and was killed.

It is surprising that cultural properties in Byodo-in have more national treasures than important cultural properties.


On the south gate side of the precincts, the Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (Museum) has many exhibits of national treasures, such as the national treasure bell, which was designed as a standard stamp of 60 yen, and numerous statues of Bodhisattva in the cloud. It is also a wonderful Japanese treasure.
It is included in the basic admission fee (admission fee), there is no additional charge, and there is a souvenir shop at the exit, so please come and visit us.

Byodoin Phoenix Hall strategy

Byodo-in is very popular in Uji, a tourist spot, so it is very crowded especially on weekends and holidays.

Admission is at a charge, opening time is 8:30 in the morning and reception closes at 17:15 in the evening and closes at 17:30.
Even if you enter the site, you will be charged a fee, but for the Byodo-in Temple and Phoenix Hall, you will need to pay 300 yen separately from the entrance fee.
The inside view of this Phoenix Hall is a little bottleneck, and there is a “number of people" limit of 50 people every 20 minutes every hour, and purchase a “numbered ticket type admission ticket" on the first-come, first-served basis on the day It will be in the form.
The place of purchase is a building on the right side of the Phoenix Hall, sales start at 9:10 in the morning, and if you pay an additional fee (Shinokino) there, you will be given a ticket that you will enter at the first reception.
This cannot be pre-booked, so you have to go and buy it on the day.
Therefore, it is naturally accepted from the morning when it is crowded on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, so if you arrive late, you will have to wait a couple of hours for internal viewing.
Killing two to three hours in the scorching sun or in a cold winter is hard if you can’t think of it as training.
Therefore, if you want to see the inside smoothly, we recommend that you visit " Morning First " anyway .
If it is the first time in the morning, there are still few students on school excursions, so you can shoot relatively slowly from the garden.

In addition, the person in charge will explain the internal visit, but photography is prohibited.
It is translated into a room with a national treasure, wooden Amida Nyorai statue, which can be said to be a sample of a Buddha statue in Japan, a 52-storey national treasure, wooden statue of Buddha in the cloud, and 14 national treasures, the door of the Phoenix Hall. The explanation will be completed in about 10 minutes.
However, if time allows, I would definitely recommend visiting.


Byodoin parking lot

Speaking of Uji, “Uji tea" is also famous, so there are many teahouses that have been running for a long time on the approach to Byodoin, but there is no parking lot at Byodoin itself.
Usually, in a famous sightseeing spot, the government also publishes a parking map like the Internet on the Internet so that cars do not get lost and traffic jams, but as far as I checked, Uji City is my own municipal parking lot It contains only information.

In addition, there is not much difference in terms of parking fee, so if there are places that are vacant on Saturdays and Sundays, I think that it is okay to stop it.
We recommend a coin parking along the prefectural road No. 3 called “Agata Street".
It looks like you are far away from Byodo-in, but it takes only 2-4 minutes on foot.

In addition, the entrance of Byodo-in can be entered from two places, the “South gate" on the north side and the “South gate" on the Uji parking lot side where 200 cars can be stopped on the south side.

Transportation to the Byodoin Phoenix Hall

From Uji Station of JR Nara Line, Byodo-in front gate is about 750m and a 10-minute walk.
From Uji Station on the Keihan Uji Line, it is about 600m and a 7 minute walk.
Map of Byodoin Phoenix Hall

There are other attractions around Byodo-in Temple, so I took a walk as follows.


The Uji River does not exist under the current river law, so it is a common name for the middle part of the Yodo River.


Uji River has a park called “Nakashu", so you can cross it by a bridge.
Locally called Nakanoshima, there is also a name that separates the upstream side from “Tonoshima" and the downstream side from “Tachibanajima".


The following is a 13-story pagoda built in 1286.
This is the 13-storied stone pagoda of Ukishima, the largest surviving stone pagoda in Japan , and the country’s oldest stone pagoda, and has become an important cultural property of the country.


Cross the following Asagiri Bridge from Nakashu (Tachibanajima) of Uji River and you will be on the other side.

Uji Shrine is just across Asagiri Bridge.


Uji Shrine

The construction of Uji Shrine is unknown, but the main shrine is considered to have been built in the late Kamakura period and has been designated as a national important cultural property.


I was politely visiting.


Just behind Uji Shrine is Ujigami Shrine.

Ujigami Shrine

Ujigami Shrine (Ujigamijinja, Ujikaminjinja) is also unknown when it was founded, but it was originally integrated with Uji Shrine.

The following shrines were designated as national treasures in the early Kamakura period.


The main shrine of Ujikami Shrine was built in the latter half of the Heian period. It is the oldest shrine building in Japan, and of course has been designated as a national treasure.

There is also one of the Uji Nanameisui, which is called Kirihara Mizu.


That was Ujigami Shrine.

Amabiki Kannon

The Tale of Genji and Uji

When I got the power, I was just wasteful to return, so I was thinking about going back over “Ujibashi", and on the way, there was a stone monument of Sawarabi of the Tale of Genji as shown below. .


In addition, along the Uji River, there are stone monuments of the Tale of Genji below.



And I came to Ujibashi.
One of Japan’s three old bridges is Ujibashi, and it appears in Kokin Wakashu and the Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of Genji.


I want to say that we crossed while watching the magnificent flow of Uji River, but I feel like the weather is bad and the amount of water is large during the rainy season.


Below is a statue of Murasaki Shikibu at the base of the west.

By the way, it is about 50 minutes to visit the Byodo-in Temple Phoenix temple and the museum, but it is about 30 minutes if there is no internal visit.
However, if you take a closer look at the museum, please add time.
In addition, Uji sightseeing on foot, which was introduced above, was about 60 minutes.

Even so, Uji is still full of attractions, so I would like to spend a day sightseeing.
Also, we hope that you can come to us anytime.
Map of Byodoin Phoenix Hall