Byodo-in Temple is a world heritage site that you can also see on the 10 yen coin
The temple was first built as a villa by Minamoto no Shigenobu in 998, over a thousand years ago. The villa was changed into a Buddhist temple by Fujiwara no Yorimichi in 1052. The next year the most famous and the only remaining original building on the site, the Phoenix Hall was built. The Phoenix Hall, also known as the Amida Hall, is a beautiful building that is surrounded by a clear pond. The hall almost looks like it was floating on top of the glistening blue pond. The architecture of the temple is spectacular; no wonder it is a world heritage site. All the buildings at the site are beautifully renovated with the bright colors of the Heian period.