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Byodo-in Temple 平等院


Byodo-in is one of Japan's most famous Buddhist temples. It's the one on the back of the ¥10 coin. It completed major renovations in 2012-14. Belongs jointly to the Tendai and Jodo-shu Sects. Near JR Uji Station on the JR Nara Line and Keihan Uji Station on the Keihan Dentetsu Uji Line. A full-size replica of the Phoenix Hall is also on Oahu, Hawaii.

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Manpukuji Temple 萬福寺


Manpukuji (萬福寺) is a large temple complex and headquarters of a Chinese Zen sect (Obaku-shu). It's one of the Big Three Zen sects in Japan (besides Soto and Rinzai). The founder was Chinese Zen master Yinyuan Longqi (Ingen) from Fujien Province in China who came to Japan via Nagasaki in 1654.

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Uji Tea 宇治茶


In the 15th century, Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and Yoshinaga loved Uji tea so much that they designated seven tea fields in Uji as the Seven Reknown Tea Fields (七名園). Today only Okunoyama Chaen (奥ノ山茶園) remains. This tea field was taken over by Horii Shichimeien now operated by 6th-generation owner Chotaro Horii. Only part of the original Okunoyama Chaen remains as a tea field. Horii also has a tea shop selling some of Japan's finest tea.

Tourists visiting Byodo-in temple can also experience and taste Uji tea at nearby Takumi no Yakata (匠の館).

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