Byodoin, the temple pictured on the back of the JPY10 coin, is one of the few remaining edifices dating back to the eleventh century Heian period. It was built to resemble a phoenix and a bronze pair of the mythical birds, thought to offer protection to the Buddha, perched in the central hall. Regarded as a masterpiece of religious architecture, the temple also houses a stunning seated image of Amida, the Buddha of the Western paradise or Pure Land. Indeed the temple reflecting in the pond before it, is meant to symbolize the Western paradise of Amida, the Buddha to come.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 08:30 AM to 05:30 PM
Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
- Nearest Train: Uji Station/ JR Line