The most interesting southern Kyoto sights are three religious structures: Byodo-in, Fushimi-Inari Taisha, and Tofuku-ji. A World Heritage Site, Byodo-in is a 40-minute train ride south of Kyoto in Uji, whose other religious sites include Kosho-ji, a quiet Zen temple, and Ujigamijinja, another World Heritage Site. Uji is one of Japan's major tea-producing districts, as evident by all the tea shops lining the streets. Stop in and sample this fine green tea brewed at a temperature guaranteed to enhance its flavor. The Tourist Information Center has maps in English. Both Fushimi-Inari Taisha and the Temple Daigo-ji in southern Kyoto are on mountains with trails to explore.
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Tale of Genji Museum
The Tale of Genji is an 11th-century literary masterpiece that depicts the life of an imperial prince. The final chapters,…Learn More >
One of the few Soto sect Zen temples in Kyoto, Kosho-ji was founded in the 13th century in Kyoto, where…Learn More >
Uji is renowned throughout Japan for its excellent tea, and this teahouse along the picturesque banks of the Uji River…Learn More >