Byodoin Map

This map introduces the inside of the Temple, focusing on the buildings of Byodoin.
Please click the area you want to see.

  • Hoo-do (National Treasure)

    This is Amida-do, built in 1053, late Heian Period, by Fujiwara no Yorimichi, then Regent. This is the most precious building as it is the only remaining building from the glorious Fujiwara Regent Period. The most significant feature is that it was built on the central island on the pond, which reflects its beautiful figure on water surface like a palace floating on the Treasure Pond of Gokuraku (nirvana). In the center of the Hall, the Amida Nyorai Seated Statue at a height of 2.4 m is situated and on the walls and doors surrounding the Statue, Kuhon-Raikozu are painted and on the back of Amidabutsu, the painting of Gokuraku-jodo is painted. On small walls on Nageshi (horizontal timber), 52 Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues (Buddhist Saints holding a mass in the clouds) are hung.Although they are faded now, ceilings and beams were painted mainly of hosoge (flower pattern) and on the pillars, heavenly beings who danced and fluttered in heavenly clothing, children playing music, phoenix rising, hosoge and foliage scrolls pattern were painted and these were brightly colored. In addition to a large Eight Flower Petaled Mirror in the middle of the canopy, a total of 66 bronze mirrors are hung from the ceiling. The mirrors would have once created a fantastical world, reflecting the lights from votive candles flickering at night. In “Zoku Honcho Orai Den (Second Imperial Court Records of People Reborn in Paradise),” a book of the Heian Period, it is written, “if you are suspicious about the existence of Gokuraku, pray at the Temple in Uji.” The people at that time regarded Hoo-do as the Gokuraku-jodo that appeared on earth.

  • Jodoin

    Jodoin is a sub-temple of Byodo-in, which is said to have been be built by the Holy Priest, Eiku of the Jodo-shu sect in the Meio Period (late 15th century) in order to restore Byodo-in. It manages the Amida Nyorai Standing Statue, Taishakuten Standing Statue and Yorinan Study Wall Paintings, cultural properties.

  • Rakan-do (Uji City designated Cultural Property)

    It was built in 1640 by Tea Master, Dosai Hoshino and his sons. The main member has been preserved as the original and dragons painted on the mirror ceiling have been well preserved, keeping the original colors.
    Repair of Rakan-do will be conducted according to the following schedule. Please understand that the door will be closed during the repair period.
    September 1, 2014 ~ August 31, 2015 (Schedule)

  • Jodoin Yorinan Study (Important Cultural Property) [Undisclosed]

    Yorinan Study (Designated Cultural Property) is said to be the ruins of Momoyama Castle and the wall paintings are Uji City designated Cultural Properties and in an alcove, a snowy landscape painting, on fusuma, a rough woven fence and plum painting and on tembukuro (above closet), flower paintings are painted. The painter is assumed to be Sansetsu Kano based on the manner.

  • Kannon-do (Important Cultural Property) [Undisclosed]

    This is assumed to be a building rebuilt on the vacant premises of the Main Hall as of the construction time in the early Kamakura Period. While it is generally a simple construction, it follows the elegant style since the Tempyo Period by making rafters by two sets of round and square rafters.

  • Byodoin Museum Hoshokan

    Byodoin opened the first general museum (registered museum), “Hoshokan” as a religious corporation on Thursday, March 1, 2001.
    Please look at here for details of Byodoin Museum Hoshokan.

  • Saishoin

    This is one of the two sub-temples of Byodoin and an independent temple belonging to the Tendai-shu sect. Its origin dates back to 1654 when a monk from Kyoto Higashi no Toin Rokkaku Shosenin (Jushinin) moved to Byodoin and named the monastery Saishoin. The Tendai-shu sect, which had been remote from Byodoin since the middle ages, had returned.

  • Fudo-do

    Main Hall of Saishoin, which worships Fudomyoo (Acala) as the principal image. Along the principal image, a statue of En no Ozunu (En no Gyoza) is situated. Jizodo adjacent to Fudo-do is a small hall enshrining the Jizo Bosatu Seated Statue.

  • Tomb of Minamoto no Yorimasa

    In May 1180, Minamoto no Yorimasa fought against the Heike clan in Uji, calling for the destruction of the Heike clan under the Order of the Prince Mochihito-o, but he killed himself, leaving a death poem as he was hopelessly outnumbered. On May 26, a memorial service of “Yorimasa’s death” is offered every year.
    Death Poem: “While flowers of a buried tree have not bloomed in a life of obscurity, it is a sorrow, thinking of the end of my life.”

  • Ogi no Shiba

    In May 1180, Minamoto no Yorimasa, who was called on to destroy the Heike clan under the Order of the Prince Mochihito-o, was chased by the Heike clan army into Uji River and killed himself at Byodoin. It is said that facing the end of his life, he composed a death poem, spreading a battle fan and prayed and chanted “Namuamidabutsu” facing to the west.
    Death Poem: “While flowers of a buried tree have not bloomed in the life of obscurity, it is sorrow, thinking of the end of my life.”

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  • Hoo-do (National Treasure)

  • Jodoin

  • Rakan-do (Uji City designated Cultural Property)

  • Jodoin Yorinan Study

  • Kannon-do

  • Byodoin Museum Hoshokan

  • Saishoin

  • Fudo-do

  • Tomb of Minamoto no Yorimasa

  • Ogi no Shiba

Vicinity Map

Tourist spots around Byodoin, mainly in Uji, are introduced below.

拝観案内
Ujigami Shrine 9:00 a.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.
TEL 0774-21-4634
This is a shrine registered as a World Heritage Site and the oldest shrine building in Japan. Main Hall and Worship Hall are both designated as National Treasures.
Uji Shrine Free entry into the premises
TEL 0774-21-3041
This is located on the right bank of the Uji River, at the upper stream of Uji Bridge. This is the vacant premises of a detached palace of Emperor Ojin (Kirihara Hiketano-miya) and also said to be the vacant premises of the palace of a prince, Ujino Wakiiratsuko no Mikoto), and stands as the origin of this Shrine that the soul of Ujino Wakiiratsuko no Mikoto was enshrined after his death.
Oubakusan Mampukuji Temple 9:00 a.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.
TEL 0774-32-3900
This is a Chinese-style temple, established in 1661 by the Zen Priest, Ingen, who came from Fujian Province, China with the adoration of the retired Emperor, Gomizunoo and Ietsuna Tokugawa. It is the main temple of the Obaku-shu sect, one of the three Zen Buddhist Sects in Japan.
THE TALE OF GENJI Museum 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. Closed on Monday
TEL 0774-28-0200
This is a new popular spot which was opened in 1998, associated with Uji Jujo (the last 10 chapters) of the “Tale of Genji.” It displays reconstruction of a cow carriage and gorgeous furniture and images.
Koshoji Temple 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
TEL 0774-21-2040
A Zen Buddhist monastery of the Soto-shu sect. Tenarai Kannon is situated, associated with “Uji Jujo.”
Mimurotoji Temple 8:30 a.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.(4/1~10/31)
8:30 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.(11/1~3/31)
TEL 0774-21-2067
The tenth pilgrimage site of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. Gilt bronze two arms and thousand-handed Kannon Standing Statue is enshrined.

* As the above information may be outdated, please inquire with the facility separately before visiting.