This tranquil shrine, surrounded by trees, is located on the banks of the river Uji-gawa, on the slope of Asahi-yama. Ujikami-jinja and the adjacent Uji-jinja originally formed one shrine. The two were split up, however, with the political policy taken up by the government by which shrines and temples were separated from one another, as part of the drive for modernization at the end of the 19th century. The Hon-den (the main shrine building), which is designated as a National Treasure, enshrines the deity. This ancient structure was built during the first part of the 11th century. It enshrines three members of the Imperial family related to an anecdote about a man who committed suicide in order to turn over the throne to his older brother. Contained inside this one building are three shrines. The four door paintings on the doors inside of the main shrine are designated by the national government as Important Cultural Properties. The Hai-den, which was built in the 13th century to be used as a place of worship at this shrine, is also designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property. This building was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in 1994.
Address: Ujiyamada, Uji-shi, Kyoto
Admission Fee: Free in the shrine precincts
[Walk]Keihan Uji Stn./10-min. walk