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宇治上神社 Ujigami Shrine

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Uji Area
59 Yamada, Uji, Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0021, Japan
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Date of post:2015/10/21

Too small to find but this is the place you shouldn’t miss!

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Uji city is located in the southeast of Kyoto, and is famous for producing quality green tea. The beautiful scenery became a stage of Japan’s first love story, “The Story of Genji” written in 1008.

Located at the opposite bank of famous Byodo-in Temple and hidden behind Uji Shrine, Ujikami Shrine is sometimes missed by visitors to Uji. However, this is the oldest shrine architecture existing in Japan and is inscribed on the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST in 1994 as well.

No one knows the precise date of foundation, but according to the scientific survey, the main hall was the construction in 1060 AD and is regarded as the oldest shrine structure remaining in Japan.

In the compound of the shrine there are several buildings. In front of the main hall stands a larger building. It is the worship hall and is designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese Government. This was found to be built around 1215, and it reflects the architectural style in the Kamakura Period (1192-1333).

In front of the worship hall, you’ll find two cones made of white sand. They are for purifying the shrine compound. The sand is donated by parishioners of this shrine on September 1st and is used for cleansing the precincts of the shrine on special occasions such as the New Year or shrine festivals during the year.

The vicinity of this shrine is famous for cherry blossom viewing and autumnal foliage. Also during summer, boat rides with the spectacular “fishing with cormorants” are held at night on the Uji River.

Compared with central Kyoto, Uji is calmer, less crowded, much spacious and a lot to see. It takes only 30 minutes from Kyoto by train and you can enjoy being here whole day. Why don’t you visit here once!

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