When you use Keihan train line in Osaka to Kyoto and don’t know where to visit. This is guide line that you may want to go. This train line starts from Yodoyabashi Station in Osaka and last stop at Demachiyanagi Station.
or Uji Station that you have to change train at Chushojima Station and reach to (KH77) Uji. When you get off at Uji Station and walk around then you will see many sightseeing spot around 10 minutes walk. Japanese like to come and hiking in the mountains in this area. But have to take a bus from Uji.
Uji is like a town that people come to visit. There are places that you might like such as:
1. Ujibashi Bridge
This bridge is close to Uji Station (KH77). The bridge is one of Japan old bridge and also known as “Seta no Karahashi and Yamazaki Bridge” because is the parts of upstream on the river where Toyotomi Hideyoshi had water drawn for tea ceremonies.
Every year in October has tea festival for ceremony.
People know that Uji has famous green tea when you visit Uji. Try their green tea and taste it. You will see what difference than general green tea.
2. Hashidera hojoin Temple
This temple was founded by Hata no Kawakatsu who behest of Prince Shotoku. This temple also known as Bridge Temple because it’s close to Ujibashi Bridge and relate to a monument of the broken stone Ujibashi bridge.
3. The Tale of Genji Museum, Uji City
The tale of Genji museum have a model of Hikaru Genji house, Rokujoin Palace, an oxcart, items on Heian aristocracy.
4. Ujikami jinja Shrine
Take about 10 minutes on foot from Uji Station. The shrine is one of the World Cultural Heritage. The architecture is oldest and designed as a national treasure in Japan. At the main shrine was built during the late Heian era.
5. Uji jinja Shrine
It’s build in the early Kamakura era and still contain valuable cultural assets. It has been designed as a important cultural property in Japan. The fortune telling paper with a rabbit motif is one of the popular items here.
6. Koshoji Temple
This temple is from the founder of Soto school in Zen Buddha, Dogen Zenji. The Shaka Triad deity enshrined in the main hall is said to be from the remain of Fushimi Castle. The approach to the white dragon palace style tower gate is Koto Zaka. The approach is a famous place for view and photo during autumn foliage.
7. Naka no Shima in Uji Park
Naka no shima is consists of Pagoda Island and Tachibana Island. It’s located along the sandbanks of the Uji gala River. Ukishimi Stone Pagoda is about 15 meters high 13 layers and become a symbol of the park. This style was built in the Kamakura era.
8. The Municipal Tea Ceremony House, Taiho-an
This is tearoom that was built to promote the tea in Japanese. They used Sukiya style on the building. This was call the Taiho an because it was made in the likeness of the Phoenix Hall at Byodoin Temple.
9. Byodoin Temple
The Phoenix Hall (Hoo do) which stands on a central island in the pond and is the inspiration for the design of 10 yen coin.
10. Agata jinja Shrine
The shrine is dedicated to Konohana Sakuyahima of Japanese mythology and famous place for marriage tie and safe childbirth. The Agata Festival is known as a unique festival in the dark of night and is one of representative festival in Uji.
The Byodoin Temple, Uji
At the Phoenix hall is the inspiration design of 10 yen coin. You will see this temple on the back side of the coin. This temple also became the World Heritage Site.
Details about Uji City
Uji was historically developed as the center of transportation with main streets to connect Kyoto, Nara, and the eastern provinces and the Uji Bridge over the fast-flowing Uji River.
The Fujiwara clan built personal villas in this area with an emergence of regency government in the Heian Era, and we can still see the whole picture of Phoenix Hall of the Byodo-in, one of the remaining architecture which represents the Fujiwara Era.
The tea industry was important for Uji since the Muromachi Era, and flourished with the reputation of Uji tea. The local governor also controlled teas during the Edo Era, and tea was presented to the shogunate by the teapot procession (“Chatsubo Dochu”), marching to Edo. They say villagers lined the street to welcome and see it off as the daimyo’s procession.
After Kyoto prefecture was placed in the first year of Meiji and several changes of the jurisdiction, Uji city was municipalized on March 1, 1951 with a population of 38,000.
Uji city has been steadily growing as a commuter suburb in the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe region since the 1960s with a rush of residential development and a remarkable population increase. The population exceeded 150,000 in August 1979, and 190,000 in September 1998. It is expected to grow furthermore as the core city of Minamiyamashiro. Source by city.uji.kyoto.jp