Established in the 11th century, the Byodo-in is recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. At the time it was established, this temple contained a large number of buildings on its expansive site. However, most of these buildings have been destroyed by the flames of war. All that remain at the present time are Hoo-do ("Phoenix Hall"), Kannon-do Hall, which is designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property, and the bell tower. The Hoo-do is particularly well known for its depiction on the 10-yen coin. Its formal name is Amida-do, but it has a phoenix ("hoo") -- a mythical bird of China -- on its roof; and the building itself looks like two wings spread out. Enshrined in this temple is a seated figure of the Amida-Nyorai Buddha, who presides over paradise. This Amida-Nyorai Buddha is designated as a National Treasure.
Address: 116 Uji-renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: 600 yen (regular fee)
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Walk]Keihan Uji Stn./15-min. walk