Become familiar with Japan’s oldest novel, The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji Museum—in Uji City to the south of Kyoto—offers 10 exhibitions based on the stories of and to take you through the scenes of Japan’s oldest novel. The Tale of Genji was written by a very famous author in Japan, Murasaki-Shikibu. The novel is about the story of a noble man, Hikaru-Genji and his life in the aristocracy during the middle of the Heian period, over 1,000 years ago. As the last of the 54 chapters of the novel are set in Uji City, a museum was built there in 1998—and renewed in 2008—so you could enjoy exhibitions that would take you back to those times.
There are exhibitions containing mannequins of Heian Period court ladies wearing replicas of elegant twelve-layered ceremonial kimonos called Junihitoe. The museum provides audio guides in English, Chinese, and Korean for free.