Byodoin-Hoo-Do (Byodoin Phoenix Hall), Kyoto

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Byodoin Temple in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture is a famous temple because it is designed as a Japanese ten yen coin. It is a temple representative of the 11th century and it is also the precious historical site existing only in the temple which the nobility of the Heian era built. In 1994, it was registered as a World Heritage Site.
Byodoin Temple has been collecting people’s faith from the Heian period to the present. Currently, many people are visiting not only from Japan but also from overseas.
During the Heian period, the Uji area was a noble family resort, and Byodoin also was a villa of MINAMOTO no Toru at the beginning. After that, MINAMOTO no Yorimichi renovated this villa into a temple. This is the beginning of Byodoin.
Byodoin gathered the faith of the aristocrats and the emperor as a temple that recreated the Pure Land in the West in this world. Even if the samurai began to take over the administration in the Kamakura period, the temple continued to flourish without devastation or decline. In 1336, many of the cathedral burned down due to the battle between Masashige KUSUNOKI and Takauji ASHIKAGA, but only the Hoo-Do (Phoenix Hall) miraculously escaped burning.
A lot of flowers and trees are planted in the precincts of Byodoin.
Kyoto is famous for having many sights of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, but Byodoin is a famous temple as a wisteria trees.

Here is Kyoto, Uji. There is the beautiful temple standing still on this ground which was the stage of “Genji-Monogatari” (The Tale of Genji) more than eternal time.

This is the World Cultural Heritage site “Byodoin-Hoo-Do” which finished the repair period of two years, and revived with a figure at the time of the foundation. Please see the beautiful figure which was registered with the world cultural heritage.


The origin of Byodoin dates back to AD 1052.
The figure engraved on the face of 10 yen coin is quite familiar with Japanese. However, we feel admiration for its size, dignified appearance, the vivid coloration, when we see it with our own eyes.


This scenery must have been beyond a doubt the Buddhists’ paradise appeared for people wholeheartedly wishing to go to the Land of Happiness. The architecture built on island in a pond is like the palace floating in the treasure pond of the Land of Happiness.



Jodo-shiso (Pure Land Buddhism) which was prosperous in the Heian era. Byodoin-Hoo-Do which expressed the view of its world, Like Phoenix which greatly widened a feather, is the splendid appearance which makes me recollect “the Pure Land in the West”.


Name:Byodoin-Hoo-Do (Phoenix Hall)
Adresse:116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0021 Japan
Access:JR Nara-sen line "Uji-eki Station” (10 minutes walk)
Tel:(+81) 774-21-2861
Price:600 yen (Adult)
400 yen (Junior High and High School Students)
300 yen (Elementary School Students)
Please refer the official web page.
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