"Uji" Uji by goshawk301
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About twenty minutes by JR train from Kyoto, the town of Uji is located on the spot where the Uji River comes out of the mountain onto the Kyoto Basin. Water flow in the river is deep and swift, and reflects the greenery of the mountainside beautifully.
Uji is very famous for producing the finest green tea in Japan (although I, coming from the other tea-producing town of Shizuoka, may dispute the "finest" reputation!) You can sense the smell of tea leaves being dried or roasted as you walk through the town.
During the Heian Period (794-1192), Uji was a favorite place for the aristocrats of the capital Kyoto to have retreats. Very few signs of this remain, however, except the famous temple, Byodo-In, which is a converted villa of the powerful Fujiwara clan.
Uji can be easily explored in a short day trip from Kyoto. As you come out of the JR station, go one block straight ahead and turn left onto the main shopping street of the town. You will come across several tea merchants Uji is famous for as you walk down the street.
Eventually you'll come to the base of a bridge over the river, at which you can turn right onto the main path leading to the Byodo-In Temple. More tea merchants as well as little restaurants along this pleasant stroll.
After a visit to Byodo-In, you can cross the river via footbridges and visit attractions on the other bank, including Ujigami Jinja and the Tale of Genji Museum. All the places of interest can be easily reached on foot.
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