A Shinto shrine and World Heritage site, whose thousand-year-old main hall still stands today
Enshrined as deities in this ancient shrine are Emperor Ojin, Emperor Nintoku, and Prince Uji-no-Wakiiratsuko. Although the exact year of its founding is unknown, Ujigami-jinja and nearby Uji-jinja Shrine were worshiped as chinju-sha (guardian shrines) of Byodoin Temple, which was built by the Fujiwara clan in the Heian period (794-1192 B.C.). The honden (main hall)-a National Treasure of Japan-is the oldest piece of shrine architecture in the country, having been built in the late Heian period. The haiden (worship hall), which was built in the Kamakura period (1192-1333 B.C.), is also a National Treasure, and has a graceful design resembling the ancient shinden-zukuri architecture. Ujigami-jinja is also home to Kiriharasui spring-one of the seven famous springs of Uji and the only one that still flows today-and features many other highlights. The whole shrine, including the entirety of its grounds, buildings, and even the trees, are a registered World Cultural Heritage site.
The haiden (worship hall), which was built in the Kamakura period (National Treasure)
Upper left: The honden (main hall), which was built in the Heian period (National Treasure), Upper right: Kiriharasui spring, which is believed to have been used as water for the shrine's visitors to purify themselves since ancient times, Bottom: Ujigami-jinja Shrine, surrounded by nature and beautiful in every season
||59 Uji-Yamada, Uji City, Kyoto
||+81-774-21-4634 (Japanese only)
||9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
||Open every day
||The Shrine grounds are free to enter.
||Take the JR Nara Line from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 30 minutes, alight at "Uji Station" and walk for approx. 20 minutes.
updated on Mar 25, 2019
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