- ★★★ ミシュラングリーンガイド 三ツ星
Byodo-in Temple was a villa “Uji-dono”owned by Fujiwara no Michinaga before. But after he was died, Fujiwara no Yorimichi, who was Michinaga’s son changed “Uji-dono” to a temple in 1052 (7th year of the Eisho).This is beginning of Byodo-in.
Meison, who was a grandson of Ono no Tofu and top of Enjou-ji temple, founded. At this time,the main Hall was located at the North of Phoenix Hall, near shoreside of Uji river and Byodo-in was sacred to Dainichi Bhudda .
But the next year Amidado(now Phoenix Hall) , which was seemed to be Western Paradise. At the end of Heian period, the belief that Buddhism will widely decline during the latter days of this world. Death of Shakuson after 2000 years, the teaching of Bhuddism was declined, and disasters and man-made disaster had been occurred and the society was falled into disorder. 1052 (7th year of the Eisho) in which was founded Byodo-in, was the first year of the belief that Buddhism will decline.
Byodo-in was founded in 1152 (7th of the Eisho) in which was the first year of “Mappou” that was The Buddhism began to decline.
At this time, royal families and nobles built temple buildings enshrining Amitabha Tathagata. In 1020 (4th year of Kanjin), Fujiwara no Michinaga erected Murojuin (after Houseiji) and from the second half of the 11 centuries to 12 centuries, the Emperor Shirakawa erected so to say “Rokushoji”, which are Sonshoji, Saishouji, Enshouji, Seishouji, Enjiji, around Okazaki in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi one after another.
But all these Daigaran temples, which described in history textbooks were broken by the battle war and fire, these were disappeared
Byodo-in is the most important existing temples that erected by nobles
National Treasure Byodo-in Phoenix Hall was finished to repaired.
National Treasure Byodo-in Phoenix Hall was finished to repaired on April 1st 2012, and it is open to the public from April 3rd 2014. I really recommend you to watch new Phoenix Hall
Michelin Green Guide
Sitting Statue of Amitabha Tathagata has a three star rating
Byodo-in temple, Phoenix Hall has a two star rating
Hoshokan has a one star rating
- 116 Ujirenga, Uji-shi, 611-0021
- Formal Name
- Sangou (Mountain Name)
- Amitabha Tathagata
- Date Founded
- 1052 (the 7th year of Eisho）
- Founding Patron
- Fujiwara no Yorimichi, Meison（Founder）
- Cultural Properties
Phoenix Hall, Sitting statue of Amitabha Tathagata, Gold and Bronze Phoenix, the Buddhist temple bell（National treasure）
A temple dedicates to the Kannon, Wooden made standing 11 faces （National Important Cultural Property）
High School Student and Junior High School Student 400yen
Elementary School Student 300yen
（Entering Inside of Phoenix Hall: additional admission 300 yen for 1 person )
- Access Guide
JR Nara line “Uji-Station 10 minutes walk to the east
Keihandentetsu “Uji-station” 10minutes’ walk
- Official Website