What to Expect
Uji city in Kyoto offers a variety of temples and shrines. Among them, the Byodoin Temple designated as a part of the World Cultural Heritage site in Kyoto is the major attraction of Uji.
It's on the south bank of Uji river. After crossing the Uji Bridge, a sharp turn to the left leads to the temple. Phoenix hall houses the Amida Buddha made by the famous Buddhist sculptor Jocho. Atop the roof stands a pair of mythical Chinese phoenixes, "ho-o" symbolizing the peace of the world.
Cormorant fishing takes place in this river at night from mid-June to mid-August.
Uji is one of the two largest centers of tea plantations along with Shizuoka. Two types of tea are grown: sencha is a high quality green leaf tea and matcha is a powdered green tea used in the formal tea ceremonies.
You can experience the Japanese tea ceremony as well as learn how to make Uji tea and how to use the tea cups.
You can have kaiten-zushi (a conveyor belt sushi restaurant), or Japanese noodles such as udon or soba for lunch.
Manpuku-ji is the head Temple of the Obaku Zen sect, one of the three Zen sects. A particulary notable feature of the temple is the golden statue of Hotei God enshrined in the Ten-no den. The wood carving of a large fish hangs in front of the Saido diniing hall.
Why don't you visit Byodoin and experience a Japanese tea ceremony ?