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The world heritage site, famous as a symbol of 10 yen coin


Byodo-in was built by Fujiwara no Yorimichi, reconstructing his father's villa of Michinaga in 1052. In the following year of 1053, Amidado was built. It is a valuable architecture of the Fujiwara period. The signature point is that it was built on the pond hill. It looks like a palace that is floating in a treasure pond. Byodo-in has been registered as a world heritage site. The architectures and statue of buddas, which were reconstructed 1000 years ago, are transmitted to now. Hoo-do was recon...morestructed 3 times, and a vivid color of Heian period was reproduced.
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It's been a long time since I visited Byodo-in. I was surprised that the appearance of Byodo-in has really changed ! Vivid colors have been reproduced and a museum has newly been established. I spent a long time in the museum, and the place is packed with many items that you must see.
Phoenix Hall
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Phoenix Hall
At the center of Phoenix Hall, the golden Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata) seated statue at a height of 2.43m is situated surrounded by the walls and doors painted with Kuhon Raigo-zu. 52 statues of wooden Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu (Buddhist Saints holding a mass in the clouds) are hung on the walls as well as the mirror with a frame of eight petals (Hakkakyo) on the center of the ceiling and 66 bronze mirrors on its sides. It is easily imaginable that these mirrors created magical atmosphere...more reflecting swinging lights of votive candles during nighttime. A maximum of 50 persons are permitted to tour inside the hall at once to be switched to a next group every 20 minutes. Please be reminded that you may not be able to enter the premise right away due to the crowds.
Byodoin Museum Hoshokan
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Byodo-in Museum Hoshokan
Hoshokan was renewed on 2001 as a museum. Precious national treasures are always displayed, and a lot of the products are a must-see! The museum also uses computer graphics to provide virtual exhibitions and is equipped with a reference system that allows convenient access to ultra-high-resolution images of the Phoenix Hall.
Museum shop
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Museum Shop
Byodo-in has a museum shop as well. The museum shop offers Byodo-in original items. Some of the items are available to be purchased through the online shop.
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Hoshokan has a description in English, so please visit Hoshokan before Phoenix Hall. You can enjoy more with some knowledge you get at Hoshokan.
Phoenix Hall Appearance Photo
Categories Temples & Shrines, Japanese Gardens
Phone +81 774-21-2861
Address 116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0021
Directions Get off at “Uji Station” on the JR Nara Line and walk for 10 minutes

Get off at “Keihan Uji Station” on the Keihan Dentetsu Uji Line and walk for 10 minutes
Hours Garden Gates 8:30am - 5:30pm
* Reception area closes at 5:15pm

Byodoin Museum Hoshokan 9am - 5pm
* Reception area closes at 4:45pm

Inside of Hoo-do Reception area 9:30am - 4:10pm
Admission starts at 9:10am and 50 persons at a one time every 20 minutes.
* Please understand that if there are many guests who desire to visit inside, reception area may be closed before the final reception time.
* Due to Buddhist memorial services or events, admission inside may not be available.
Reservations No
Closed Open everyday
Fee [Garden + Byodoin Museum Hoshokan]

Adult ¥600
Junior High and High School Students ¥400
Elementary School Students ¥300

[Admission to the Inside of Hoo-do]
¥300 per person is separately required as shinokin (admission fee).
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English brochures are available in Byodo-in
Information English, Chinese, and Korean
Languages spoken Some English
Byodo-in +81 774-21-2861 [Garden + Byodoin Museum Hoshokan] Adult ¥600 Junior High and High School Students ¥400 Elementary School Students ¥300 [Admission to the Inside of Hoo-do] ¥300 per person is separately required as shinokin (admission fee). 2/3

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