The 10 Best Things to Do in Uji, Japan

January 22, 2018 Hana Mouser

Uji in Japan, from Asia region, is best know for Historic Sites. Discover best things to do in Uji with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Uji

1. Byodoin Temple

116 Uji Renge, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture +81 774-21-2861
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Byodoin Temple

Temple near Kyoto; famous statue of seated Buudha by 11th-century sculptor, Jocho.

Reviewed By ツーリスト温泉 - Kushiro, Japan

Phoenix Hall internal worship (50 people capacity: 300 yen in price) Then the white rhinoceros at the Amida Nyorai's forehead (Byakugou= light of the statue of Buddha) is black in the goddess, the light shines per step as you step out of the temple It was. It is mysterious.
修学旅行以来で、連れは初めての訪問。10円玉に描かれていることは知っていても、どんなものか知らない連れはとても楽しみにしていました。南門から入り、鳳翔館という博物館の横を抜け、鳳凰堂へ!階段を降りていくと左に不動堂や最勝院をお参りして、鳳凰堂の裏手から眺めることに。すると「鳳凰堂内部拝観ができますよ、もうすぐ締め切ります。」というスタッフの声!20分おきに定員50名だったので300円払って、内部へ!中は創建当時のままで様々な楽器を持った雲中供養菩薩像が飾られ、装飾は薄くなっていましたが、床に近いところより高いところに壁画や装飾が見られました。説明を聞きながら感心していると、阿弥陀如来坐像の
白毫(びゃくごう=仏像の額にある光)がお堂の中では黒く、お堂から一歩出ると光があたり輝いていました。不思議です。鳳凰堂の前の阿字池から眺めてもお堂の中の阿弥陀如来坐像の白毫は輝いていました。とても癒されました。ご朱印をいただくときも対応が丁寧で、集印帳に記名(集印帳)と達筆で書いて頂き感謝しています。
また、博物館「鳳翔館」では間近に雲中供養菩薩像が見られたり、鳳凰堂の装飾を再現した映像が見られたりでき、修復前の鳳凰が展示していたりと良い勉強になりました。
In the museum "Byodoin Museum Hoshokan" you can see Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues nearby, or you can see images reproducing the decoration of The Phoenix Hall, and decorations before restoration are on display. You can know the heart of the founder who drew hope in the afterlife 1000 years ago.できればまたゆっくり、そして表門の門前町などゆっくり眺めたいなと思いました。

2. Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan

116 Ujirenge, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture +81 774-21-2861
Excellent
46%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan

Reviewed By Emma C - Oxford, United Kingdom

Everything in here is very interesting and some of it is very beautiful. It contains items that were in the main temple: buddhas, bells, sutra and decoration. There isn't that much in the way of English descriptions and no photos are allowed, but it was a great place to visit nonetheless.

3. Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple

34 Gokasho Sanban-wari, Uji 611-0011, Kyoto Prefecture +81 774-32-3900
Excellent
51%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple

Reviewed By nakajimah - Bagneux, France

Not far from Kyoto, nevertheless there is a temple of which atomosphere is quite different: quiet, restful and unusual. The temple is Obakusan Manpukuji in Uji, near stations Obaku of a JR-line and a Keihan-line. The temple is the main temple of Obaku-shu, one of the three zen branches, founded in 17 century by an invited chinese monk Ingen Ryuki. The temple is a copy of chinese temple of the Ming period. Different buildings and their inscriptions (writings) bring you in an ancient chinese temple and you may feel exotic atomosphere.
I have visited here twice and twice for practicising zazen of the introductory course. It needs a reservation. It was done in the Hohdoh and lasted about one hour with two sessions of 15 minutes, an explanation of techniques and hohwa (on the Buddhist philosophy).
After zazen, I have lunched at the restaurant of the temple where one can enjoy the Futcha cooking, dishes of chinese zen temple, similar to the shozin cooking. I appreciated its taste. I found that doing zazen and having a lunch here were highly compatible.

4. Mimurotoji Temple

21 Todo Shigatani, Uji 611-0013, Kyoto Prefecture +81 774-21-2067
Excellent
37%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 207 reviews

Mimurotoji Temple

Reviewed By ART196

One of several interesting religious complexes sitting quietly in the shadow of the Phoenix, Mimurotoji contains hillside Gardens, a three-tier pagoda, an amidadō, a large hondō, all prefectural level cultural heritage sites dating to the Edo-jidai. The pagoda is actually half-sized. It would make an exciting fort / playhouse for children / midgets.

5. Uji River

Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
Excellent
30%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 291 reviews

Uji River

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

It was a nice walk for an hour from Byodoin Temple and back. There were many tea houses along the way. Try one of the tea tasting workshop and have some snacks there and on the way you could view nice sceneries along the path. This year, we have visited the area by early April but most of the cherry trees were still in the bud stage. Though a bit disappointed, we managed to take some photos along our way and have early lunch at one of the tea houses along the way. Recommended.

6. Ujigami Shrine

59 Uji Yamada, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture +81 774-21-4634
Excellent
23%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 269 reviews

Ujigami Shrine

Reviewed By snoozepig - New York City, New York

but at least it's free admission. When related to UNESCO, I was already expecting something wow but it's not a far walk from the main shopping street. If you have some extra time, you can look around and burn off some of those matcha ice cream mochi calories.

7. Byodoin Omotesando

2 Uji, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture
Excellent
16%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 261 reviews

Byodoin Omotesando

Reviewed By Knight298570 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you're a big fan of Japanese matcha, this is where you can get quite a big variety of matcha. Uji is famous for its matcha quality and thus, products here won't disappoint even a decent matcha fan. Also, watch out for a matcha ice-cream and matcha ramen, which can also be found along this street.

8. Ujibashi Bridge

Uji, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture +81 774-22-3141
Excellent
15%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 116 reviews

Ujibashi Bridge

Reviewed By Carolyn P - Los Angeles, California, United States

According to the guide book, _Cool Japan_, by Sumili Kajiyama (which is an excellent guide to several places in Japan), this bridge connects the physical to the spiritual, male to female, and creates a melancholic atmosphere. It is lovely to view the town and Mountains from.

9. The Tale of Genji Museum

45-26, Uji Higashiuchi, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture +81 774-39-9300
Excellent
24%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 108 reviews

The Tale of Genji Museum

Reviewed By Bryvmo

The Tale of Genji is a book about the Imperial Court in Kyoto during the Heian Period, over a thousand years ago. If you are interested in Japanese Culture, it's a must read as it takes actual events and locations in and around Kyoto and weaves a fictional but accurate tale of the culture at that time. The final chapters take place in Uji, where this small museum is located. If you are a fan of the book, the museum will have value to you.

10. Koshoji Temple

27-1 Uji Yamada, Uji 611-0021, Kyoto Prefecture +81 774-21-2040
Excellent
16%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

Koshoji Temple

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

Some five minutes walk uphill from the main street, you could find the nice Koshoji Temple there. You could enter the normal garden free of charge and took photos thereat. In my opinion, the temple area would look more attractive in autumn period with colorful leaves at the background. Anyway, it was a nice stroll around the area.

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