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宇治上神社 Ujigami Shrine

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  • Uji Area
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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 you shouldn't miss this place!

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Uji city is located in the southeast of Kyoto, and is famous for producing quality green tea. The beautiful scenery was picked for the scene of Japan's first love story, "The tale of Genji" (a classic work of Japanese literature) written in 1008.

Ujikami shrine is often missed by visitors coming to Uji, because it is located on the opposite bank of famous Byodoin temple and hidden behind Uji shrine. However, this is the oldest shrine architecture existing in Japan and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994 as well.

No one knows the exact date of foundation, but according to a scientific research, the main hall was constructed in 1060 AD and is thought to be 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 of 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 autumn foliage. Also during the summer, boat rides with spectacular “fishing with cormorants” are held at night on the Uji river.

Compared with central Kyoto, Uji is calmer, less crowded, has more 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 this city once!

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