Sep. 18, 2018 UPDATE

The Tale of Genji Museum, Uji City

- 宇治市源氏物語ミュージアム -
Be familiar with the oldest novel, The Tale of Genji near Byodo-in
The Tale of Genji Museum,Uji City located on the south of Kyoto, Uji city offers you the whole scenes of the novel through the 10 exhibitions based on its stories. It is written by a very famous an author in Japan, Murasaki-Shikibu, and is about the story of a noble man, Hikaru-Genji of his life with aristocracy at the middle of Heian period, over 1,000 years ago. As the last among the 54 chapters are set in Uji-city, it was built there in 1998 and renewed in 2008 so that you could enjoy all exhibitions as if you were at that time. There are some doll exhibitions including court ladies at the time in Japan wearing a replica of elegant twelve-layered ceremonial kimono called Junihitoe. The museum provides you the audio guide with English, Chinese, and Korean for free.
Heian room
Heian room
This is an area where life of aristocracy people are exhibited. Ladies in the court used to wear make-up with white powder and take off their eyebrows so as to have their faces recognized inside the palace where the sunlight was almost shut out. So they needed to do it to see each other in the dark. An actual size of an ox carriage called Gissha for the ladies is also exhibited in the same room.
Uji room
Uji room
The last 10 episodes of the story are expressed there. On the other hand, there is a corner where you can smell the fragrances of Koh (Japanese incense). The people in the palace enjoyed making an original incense and show it to every one which was called Takimono-awase. Feel the fragrances in the same way as they did.
Print a photo of you with ceremonial kimono (and court dress)
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Print a photo of you with ceremonial kimono (and court dress)
This is a composite photograph printing machine that you are taken a photo of your face with kimono for ¥100 It is really hard to wear an actual kimono, but it just takes only a minute to print a photo of you wearing it. It is in a tea room and souvenir shop area.
Manner & Tips
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An antenna of audio guide is easily broken. Please use it carefully.
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The Tale of Genji is a classic work of Japanese literature, through telling the life and love story of Hikaru Genji, it depicts the status quo of the Heian period. Visitors may get a taste of the past through the videos and figures exhibited in the museum. Information is also provided in Chinese. For those who are interested in the history of Japan or first time learners, the museum is a must-see place in Uji.
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The Tale of Genji Museum, Uji City / 宇治市源氏物語ミュージアム
Category Museums & Galleries
Phone +81 774-39-9300
Address 45-26, Ujihigashiuchi, Uji-shi, Kyoto, 611-0021
Directions Keihan Line: From the Main Line, transfer at Chushojima Sta. and take the Uji Line to Uji Sta. Approx. an 8-min. walk. JR Line: From Kyoto Sta. or Nara Sta., take the Nara Line to Uji Sta. Approx. a 15-min. walk Kintetsu Line: Take the Kyoto Line to Kintetsu Okubo Sta. and take a bus (approx. 15-min. ride) to the Keihan Uji bus stop; Approx. an 8-min. walk
Open Hours 9am - 5pm (Enter by 4:30pm)
Reservations Not accepeted
Closed Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday) and Dec. 28 to Jan. 3
Notes After lunch time will be crowded. Please visit in the morning if you want to look through slowly.
Price range
・Adults ¥500 ・Children (6 - 15 years old) ¥250 ・As a group (over 30 persons) : Adult ¥400 | Children ¥200
Credit cards Accepted at the souvenir shop if you buy some over ¥3,000
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
English, Chinese, Korean brochures are offered at the entrance. A staff who speaks English in the museum provides free audio guide in 4 languages.
Information Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean
Lanuages spoken Japanese, English

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