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Ujigami-jinja Shrine

宇治上神社(うじがみじんじゃ)
Area Near Kyoto City
Category Shrine / World Heritage

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This small shrine has fewer visitors than Byodo-in Temple located on the opposite bank of the Uji-gawa River. Though both it and Byodo-in Temple are registered as world heritage sites, it is the smallest of world heritage sites in Kyoto and rather a bit plain. However, Ujigami-jinja Shrine stands unassumingly in the low hills, surrounded by greenery, and when you stand in the quiet clean air, you feel refreshed. Here you can come face to face with a natural treasure in a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere.

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Sawarabi-no-michi(Sawarabi street)
A footpath along the Ujigawa River. It leads to the approach to Ujigami-jinja Shrine.

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(L) Torii of Ujigami-jinja Shrine. If you pass through this gate and cross the small stone bridge, you will enter the grounds.
(R) Entrance to the grounds. The simple gate is like the sombrely colored and unadorned gate of a mountain temple.

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(L) The Haiden(a front shrine) is designated as a national treasure. The architectural style is typical of the Kamakura period. The mounds of sand in the foreground are called Kiyome Osuna(sacred sand), and are said to be a place where gods and spirits descend.
(R) The Honden(a main shrine) is also a national treasure. It is said to be the oldest surviving example of Shinto architecture.




*This article was created based on information available at the time of coverage. Please be aware that current conditions at these locations may differ from the contents of this article.



Recorded July 13, 2012.

Address 59 Uji yamada, Uji City, Kyoto, 611-0021, Japan
京都府宇治市宇治山田59
Tel 0774-21-4634
Open 9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Admission free
Access 10 minute walk from JR Uji Station
10 minute walk from Keihan Uji Station
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