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.
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.
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)
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.
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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|
|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)|
|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.|
・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|
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|