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Uji is a suburb of Kyoto about 20 minutes south of Kyoto by train. The town is located on the banks of the Uji-gawa River, tucked against picturesque mountains, which are covered with tea plantations (you’ll need a car to properly explore these). 

Sights and Activities in Uji

  • Byodo-in Temple
    A superb Hiean-era temple in the southeast suburb of Uji, Byodo-in a brilliant place to visit for those who want to step off the beaten track
  • Ujigami-jinja Shrine
    Not much too look at, we include this small shrine because UNESCO has decided, in all its wisdom, to designate it a World Heritage Site
  • Uji-bashi Bridge
    The unique design of the Uji-bashi Bridge has figured in so many poems, novels and paintings of Japanese culture that it would be churlish not to include it here

Getting to Uji

  • By JR Line train: Take the JR Nara line from Kyoto Station and get off at Uji Station (20 minutes, Y230).
  • By Keihan Line train: Take the Keihan Main Line south toward Osaka, get off at Chushojima and switch to the Uji Line and get off at Uji Station (total journey about 30 minutes, Y320).