Southern Kyoto

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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.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Gekkeikan Okura Kinenkan

Not far from the Fushimi-Inari Shrine lies a district of high-wall sake breweries and warehouses, some dating to the early…

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Byodo-in

In 1083, the Fujiwara no Yorimichi, a member of a very powerful clan, built this villa, a World Heritage Site…

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Daigo-ji

Goju-no-to, the five-story main pagoda of the Daigo-ji temple complex, dates from 951 and is reputed to be the oldest…

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