Traveling around Uji
1. TAIHO-AN -Tea Ceremony House: Strongly Recomended!-
Enter the world of the tea ceremony, and experience traditional Japanese culture first-hand.
The tea ceremony is a comprehensive cultural activity that integrates religion, philosophy, sociability, and art. To serve a cup of tea while being mindful of one's guest is the essence of the tea ceremony.
2. ASAHIYAKI HALL -Strongly Recomended!-
3. BYODOIN TEMPLE -World Heritage Site-
After Kyoto became the capitol of Japan in 794, Uji, blessed with nature and being close to the capital, became a favorite spot of Japanese nobility. Byodoin temple, also known as Phoenix Hall, was the heart of the city. It was originally a villa of Minamoto-No-Tohru, a man presumed to be the model for the hero Hikaru Genji of "The Tale of Genji." Later, the chief advisor to the Emperor Michinaga Fujiwara took possession of the villa, and his son Yorimichi converted it into a temple in 1052, naming it Byodoin. Byodoin symbolizes "Gokurakujodo " which is the Buddhist "Pure Land." The Byodoin Museum opened in March 2001, displaying the famous "Worshiping Bodhisattva on Cloud" and many other beautiful ancient sculptures and national treasures.
4. UJIGAMI SHRINE -World Heritage Site-
5. UJI CITY THE TALE OF GENJI MUSEUM
6. THE UJI RIVER AND UJI BRIDGE
For more information, please visit the Uji City Tourist Information Center
7. Hibiki-an Tea Farm Tour
We don’t have an official tour program. However, if you are our customer and are able to make arrangements to travel to our farm on your own, we are happy to give you a tour, if time allows. We are often busy working on the tea farm and at our shop, so please confirm your plans with us at least one week in advance. If time allows, we will be able to show you our tea farms, the birthplace of Sohen Nagatani who invented today’s Japanese tea processing method, the birthplace of Uji tea, and so on.
Please note because we are a small company having just a small number of staff, we offer the private tour not to potential or non-customers but only to our loyal or existing customers.
If you are interested in visiting our tea farm, please contact us at least two weeks in advance (two weeks before the date you would like a tour) to confirm if we are available, and reserve a tour date. (Contact Us page)
|Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station
|: 2.5 hours by Shinkansen Express
|JR Kyoto Station to JR Uji Station
|: 25 minutes by Express train
|JR Uji Station to Hibiki-an in Ujitawara
|: 30 minutes by Taxi (or Bus and Taxi)