Special Night Visit in Spring

April 5-9, 2018

Special Night Visit illuminated Phoenix Hall with cherry blossom trees is held in Byodoin Temple.

Date : April 5-9, 2018

Hour : 6:30 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m. (8:45p.m. last entry)

Admission Fee : Adult ¥600 / Ages13-18 ¥400 / Ages 7-12 ¥300 (groups same fee)

Area : Garden, Byodoin Museum Hoshokan, Tea Salon TOKA

Temple Stamp : Temple Stamp (Goshuin) is available by giving a piece of paper.(limited number, one piece per customer)

*For safety, please refrain from using a tripod and a monopod.

Current Exhibitions

Byodoin Museum Hoshokan Winter Special Exhibition 2018
“Byodoin and Tea – From the time of the Chashi to the Chasho”

“Ocha no Kyoto” is a large-scale event held in the production areas of Japanese tea in Kyoto which aims to rediscover the cultural value of Uji tea. As one of the wrap-up events, a special exhibition featuring Japanese tea will be held at Byodoin Museum Hoshokan.

Since the temple was founded, there have always been retainers who lived in Uji and protected Byodoin Temple. They were called Byodoin Kojin. After tea cultivation began and flourished in Uji, the Byodoin Kojin greatly supported the management of tea farms and assisted in Uji’s development.

In the do period, two Kanbayashi Families, led by Hojun and Chikuan, supervised Chashi (specialists in selecting and blending the tea leaf) in the area under the staunch patronage of the Tokugawa Shogunate until the end of the Edo period. Several large fires and the Meiji Restoration devastated the Chashi’s business, however, they managed to get through the difficult times with cooperation from Chasho, the tea leaf merchants, and established the base of the acclaimed Uji tea which we still respect and enjoy today.

While the new Meiji Government promoted the modernization of the country and encouraged tea farms to produce green tea for exporting overseas, there was a man named Riemon Tsuji who never allowed the quality of Uji tea to be compromised and who made significant efforts to improve the quality of Uji tea, or the king of Japanese tea. This exhibition features Tsuji’s deeds and achievements with a number of articles from Byodoin Temple and other historical records about Uji tea.

Learn more about Uji tea and the next cup you enjoy will bring you a deep sense of its history and culture.

Exhibition period: January 13th (Sat) – March 29th (Thu), 2018
Venue: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Byodoin Garden: 8:30-17:30)
Open everyday
Admission: Adults: 600 yen, Junior High and High School Students: 400 yen, Elementary School Students: 300 yen
Admission fee for Byodoin Temple is included.

  • 山城国宇治平等院開基草創由来之略記

    山城国宇治平等院開基草創由来之略記 元禄16(1703)年

  • 三嶺守際坐像

    三嶺守際坐像 ※初公開!! 宝永7(1710)年


  • 菟道旧記浜千鳥

    菟道旧記浜千鳥 元禄10(1697)年[寛政4(1792)年写]

  • 星野道斎坐像

    星野道斎坐像 寛永17(1640)年

    平等院浄土院蔵 星野道斎(ほしのどうさい)は、御物(ごもつ)茶師・星野宗以(ほしのそうじ)家の2代目。寛永17年に宇治茶の隆盛を願い羅漢堂を建立。禁裏や東宮へも御用を賜り、主要な取引先は、加賀前田家、越後牧野家、伊予松平家など。平成26(2014)年から平成27(2015)年にかけて修理される。

  • 明治12年共進会事務書

    明治12年共進会事務書 明治12年


  • 明治12年共進会製茶審査報告

    明治12年共進会製茶審査報告 明治12年


  • 宇治製茶記念碑

    宇治製茶記念碑 明治21(1888)年建立


  • 宇治製茶記念碑の完成予想図



  • 辻利右衛門翁銅像

    辻利右衛門翁銅像 昭和8(1933)年建立


  • 辻利右衛門翁銅像台座設計青図


  • 「山城国宇治茶摘図」『大日本物産図会』歌川広重(三代)画

    「山城国宇治茶摘図」 『大日本物産図会』歌川広重(三代)画

  • 「宇治茶製之図」

    「宇治茶製之図」 『大日本物産図会』歌川広重(三代)画

  • 辻利右衛門翁銅像台座設計青図

    宇治名勝御案内 吉田初三郎画 昭和2(1927)年

  • 宇治 茶の木人形

    宇治 茶の木人形 江戸時代~明治時代


・山城国宇治平等院開基草創因縁由来之略記 元禄16(1703)年 平等院最勝院蔵
・平等院旧起・下(写) 承応2(1653)年 平等院浄土院蔵
・星野道斎坐像 寛永17(1640)年 平等院浄土院蔵
・三嶺守際坐像 宝永7(1710)年 平等院最勝院蔵
・菟道旧記浜千鳥 元禄10(1697)年[寛政4(1792)年写] 個人蔵
・菟道窮記茶の実噺 個人蔵
・菟道旧記 個人蔵
・宇治川風俗屏風 江戸時代 平等院蔵
・宇治茶摘之図 狩野洞春画 江戸時代 平等院蔵
・茶摘みの図 上林清泉画 江戸時代 個人蔵
・宇治製茶の図 上林清泉画 江戸時代 個人蔵
・宇治茶摘み・製茶図 平等院浄土院蔵
・明治12年共進会事務書 個人蔵
・明治12年共進会製茶審査報告 辻利兵衛本店蔵
・製茶記念碑有志金募集簿 京都府茶業会議所蔵
・辻利右衛門翁銅像台座設計青図 辻利兵衛本店蔵
・三好茶苦来山人の逸話 祇園辻利蔵
・大日本物産図会 宇治茶摘み図・製茶之図 明治10(1877)年 個人蔵
・宇治之真景 明治29(1896)年 平等院蔵
・紀行ノ画集 明治時代 平等院蔵
・宇治 茶の木人形 江戸〜明治時代 個人蔵 等

Past Exhibitions

An Exhibition of Winning Photos: The 3rd Photo Contest of A Wise Saying A Day Calendar “The Heart of Buddha.”

Sponsorship: Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai
Supporting Organizations: NIPPON CAMERA and KOSAIDO

Date : August 4-27, 2017 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location : Byodoin Temple
               116 Uji Renge,
               Uji-shi, Kyoto 611-0021
Admission : free
※You must pay admission fee to enter the Byodoin Temple.

Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai held the 3rd Photo Contest of A Wise Saying A Day Calendar last year under the auspices of the judges, Mr. Kenji Ishiguro, Mr. Yasushi Sugimata, Mr. Masanori Marubayashi, and Ms. Michiko Kaneko.
The 32 winning photos will be exhibited with sayings from Buddhist sutras or the founders of various Japanese Buddhist sects.

On August 4, 2017, at 10:00 AM, the opening ceremony will be held at the exhibition space. Mr. Mohri Suzuki, a calligrapher who wrote the sayings for the calendar, will conduct a calligraphy exhibition and will inscribe your favorite phrases as well.
※ For the signing session, numbered tickets will be distributed on that day.

  • 鳳凰の間 Right Effort.
  • 鳳凰の間 Even if it is rain of moneys, our passions won’t be satisfied.
  • 鳳凰の間 The light of grasping and never abandoning shines the heart of gratitude.
  • 鳳凰の間 Japanese Calligrapher: Mohri Suzuki

Namu Amida Butsu – Homage to Amida Buddha”
The 300th Memorial for the Buddhist Priest Yuten and the 200th Memorial for the Buddhist Priest Tokuhon Since their Demise

“Namu Amida Butsu.”
It is believed that anyone chanting this honorary phrase which exalts the Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata) will be guided to the Buddhist Pure Land.

Acts of worship of Amida Nyorai became more varied and prevalent amongst the common people during the Edo period. Followers chanted a sutra for those who had passed away both at funeral and periodical memorial ceremonies. In addition, it was also strongly believed that chanting the sutra could rid one of illnesses and misfortunes as well as offer protection from bad omens.

This special exhibition features two Buddhist priests, Yuten and Tokuhon, both of whom greatly contributed to the prevailing practice and belief in sutra chanting nationwide. This year, 2017, marks the 300th year since Yuten’s passing and the 200th year since Tokuhon’s. To commemorate their attainments, special events and exhibitions are expected to be held in many places, respectively dedicated to one or other of these great priests. The present exhibition at Byodoin Temple offers a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about both priests together in one place.

The exhibition showcases a variety of valuable articles and items related to Yuten and Tokuhon which will offer visitors a rare insight to the profound world of “Namu Amida Butsu.”

Exhibition period : June 24th (Sat.) to October 6th (Fri.), 2017 Open every day during the special exhibition period.
Hours :   9:00-17:00 (Hoshokan)
Admission :    Included in the admission fee of Byodoin Temple.
Adults: 600 yen, Junior High or High School Students: 400 yen, Elementary School Students: 300 yen
Hosted by :    Byodoin Temple
Venue :   Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji, Kyoto)

  • 鳳凰の間
  • 鳳凰の間
  • 鳳凰の間
  • 鳳凰の間
  • 鳳凰の間
  • 鳳凰の間
  • 鳳凰の間
  • 鳳凰の間
  • 鳳凰の間

Autumn Special Exhibition 2016
Splendid Beauty of Japanese Mounting Articles

Japanese mounting articles, such as sliding doors, folding screens and partitions, have been essential furniture items since olden times in the large residences of aristocrats, temples and shrines in order to separate a room and to prevent things being shown to others. They were not only used as partitions in the room but were cherished as an important method to change the atmosphere of the room and adorn it with beautiful paintings depicting natural sceneries and auspicious motifs.

Recently, Byodoin Temple finished restoring a decorative partition which was made following the classical Ming Dynasty style in China. In the restoration process, it was revealed that a special lacquer technique called Ginsen (pigment using real silver) was employed for fringing the outline of the clouds. The costume of the philosopher is decorated with colored lacquer and fine carving patterns while the uneven surface of the large pine tree trunk is represented by a gorgeous mother-of-pearl inlay. The extraordinary craftsmanship in those days all come together on this partition.

Another highlight of this exhibition is that a large folding screen depicting the boundary area separating Rakuchu (central Kyoto) and Rakugai (out of Kyoto), stretching from the Uji and Fushimi region to the Higashiyama region, will be exhibited for the first time. This is such a valuable historical article since the wooden frames of the Kita-daimon Gate of Byodoin Temple which burnt down in a fire in 1698 is included.

Experience this splendid world adorned with a variety of Japanese mounting articles and feel the essence of classical Japanese architecture.

Exhibition period: October 22nd (Sat.), 2016 – January 9th (Mon., national holiday), 2017 *Open every day during the exhibition period.
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (Byodoin Museum Hoshokan)
Admission: Included in the admission fee for Byodoin Temple
Adults: 600 yen, Junior High and High School Students: 400 yen, Elementary School Students: 300 yen
Sponsored by: Byodoin Temple
Venue: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji City, Kyoto)

  • Partition Color painting on wood board
    Ming Dynasty Period (1368-1644)
    Owned by Jodoin Temple (belong to Byodoin Temple)

Byodoin Temple Exhibition

Byodoin Temple has faithfully preserved a number of valuable cultural assets representing a wide range of Japanese cultural history dating from the Heian period (8-12th century) to the present day. Particularly noteworthy are the Hoo-do (Central Hall), a pair of Guilt Bronze Phoenix, the statue of a seated Amida Nyorai, 52 statues of wooden Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu (Buddhist Saints holding a mass in the clouds), all of which are designated as the National Treasures, as well as many Important Cultural Properties including the Kannon-do (Buddhist Temple) and wooden standing statue of the 11-Face Kannon. This exhibition features an array of valuable cultural properties, both designated and non-designated, preserved by Byodoin Temple during its long history. Such a wealth of properties represents true historical and cultural treasures not only for Byodoin Temple but also for the entire Uji region. Experience the charms and wonders of Uji that have been cherished and loved by people since ancient times.

  • Heian period, 11th century
    Jodoin, yodoin Temple
  • Heian period, 11th century
    Jodoin, Byodoin Temple
  • Muromachi period ~ Edo period
    Byodoin Temple

Summer 2015 Special Exhibition The Rakan, Buddhist Arhat Exhibition

Jodoin Temple is one of the sub-temples of Byodoin Temple. It was commissioned to be built in the late 15th century by a Jodo sect Buddhist monk, Eiku, who made a large contribution for restoring Byodoin Temple. In September, 2014, the restoration of Rakan-do Hall began in commemoration of the 500th memorial anniversary of Eiku. Rakan-do Hall was established in 1640 by the tea merchant, Dosai Hoshino and his sons. During the recent restoration work, special care to prevent the deterioration of the hall’s interior as well as restoring some of the color was undertaken. A number of Buddhist statues were also restored. This special exhibition features statues of Shaka Nyorai and Rakan (Arhat), and exhibits excellent colored works from the hall’s interior.

Exhibition period: August 7th (Friday), 2015 to September 30th (Wednesday), 2015
Open every day during the special exhibition period.
Venue: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto)
Hours: Opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. (Hoshokan)
Admission: Included in the admission fee of Byodoin Temple
Adults: ¥600, Junior High or High School Students: ¥400, Elementary School Students: ¥300
Hosted by: Religious Corporation Byodoin

Special Exhibition

  • 「須弥壇彩色復元狛犬」

  • 「須弥壇彩色復元蓮池図」

  • 「須弥壇彩色復元獅子図」

  • 羅漢像展示

  • 羅漢像彩色

  • 堂内復元白描図

  • 堂内復元彩色

Feature Exhibition Spring 2015, “Protected by Tea!”

“Byodoin Kojin” protector of Byodoin for generations by residing in Uji since Byodoin was built in 1052 by Fujiwara no Yorimichi.These subordinates of the Fujiwara clan not only served for Byodoin but also became tea masters by emphasizing management of tea fields when tea was introduced to Uji.They grew to a position of rulers as the relationship with Ashikaga Shogunate became stronger and began to dominate the administration of Uji Village.In 1573, they were defeated by Nobunaga Oda at the Battle of Makishima Castle, and their dominance declined, however, they continued to support Uji and Byodoin openly and secretly while managing the tea fields.It was the contributions from monks living in Byodoin and tea masters who passed down the will of Kojin that supported the reconstruction of Byodoin during the Meiji Period, which fell into ruin as a result of Ishin (Revitalization Reform) and an anti-Buddhist movement, and passed down many cultural properties to the present.In this Exhibition, the records of activities of the tea masters are observed and for reassessment, not only the materials stored in Byodoin but also the materials related to tea masters, which had been passed down in the region, were uncovered.This Exhibition introduces the history of the tea masters who originated from Byodoin, which had not previously been told and also exhibits the paintings and artifacts which were created to protect and develop the tea culture of Uji all in one place.
Finally, we would like to express our sincere thanks to the owners of the properties who donated these precious pieces in support of the Exhibition.

  • "Painting of Uji Tealeaf Picking"
    Doshun Kano
    Edo Period、Owned by Byodoin
  • "Uji Kyuki Hamachidori (topography)"
    Written by Shusai Sanrei
    1697 [Copied in 1792]、Owned privately
  • "Episode of Chakuraisanjin Miyoshi"
    Written by Chakuraisanjin Miyoshi(Tokusaburo Miyoshi)
    Taisho Period、Owned privately
  • "Kabokushi (book about tea)"
    Written by Seisen Kanbayashi
    1837、Owned privately
  • "Scroll Painting of Old Stories of Tea"
    Painted by Seisen Kanbayashi
    1843、Owned privately
  • "Tea Tree Uji Doll"
    Seisen Kanbayashi, Rakunoken Kanbayashi, Rakuzan Okamura, Rakuho Katsura et al.
    Edo Period ~ Showa Period、Owned privately

Hoo-do (Phoenix Hall) Heisei Repair Completion Memorial Exhibition
‘Re-emergence of Heian Glory”

“National Treasure, Byodoin Hoo-do Heisei Repair,” which commenced on September 3, 2012 was completed on September 30, 2014.
Hoo-do was built in 1053, in pursuit of ultimate beauty representing the scenes of West Gokuraku-Jodo (nirvana).
Hoo-do comprised of a total of 4 structures of Chudo (Central Hall), Yokuro (Wing Corridors) and Biro (Tail Corridor) boasts architectural beauty like the palace of Amida Nyorai(Amitabha Tathagata), floating on a treasure pond of Paradise.
Even though the building is ornated and beautiful, many repairs have taken place over the years as a result of the structural load.
Japanese traditional buildings have been passed down to this day by conducting regular repairs and will be passed down to the next generation.

This Heisei Repair was a partial repair mainly of re-roofing and repainting of external paintings as damage to the roof tiles and peeling of external paint became significant as over 50 years passed since the previous Showa Repair.
The concept of the repair was to maintain the status quo, but some specifications and designs, etc., have been restored to the old forms, which have been proved through previous research and study.
In this Exhibition, we introduce the must-see spots of Hoo-do, which has been reborn to its closest form since the Heian Period and exhibit basic materials for the repair.

Demon’s Head Tile on Main Ridge of Hoo-do Chudo (first disclosure)

In connection with this, we will hold a Hoo-do Heisei Repair Completion Memorial Exhibition on the 1st Floor of Hoshokan.
Hoo-do, a gift from our ancestors, was repaired by artisans who have professional expertise and advanced skills and was reborn to the Period of Heisei.
We hope that you can feel the ambition of repair by the artisans who made their best efforts to preserve and pass down Hoo-do.

Period: From Saturday, September 27, 2014 to Thursday, March 26, 2015
Place: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Fee: Admission fee to Byodoin is required
Host: Religious Corporation: Byodoin

“Present from the Past” ~ Poems, Calligraphy and Paintings of Beautiful Spots of Uji in the Meiji Period~

The Meiji Period represented the time when cultural properties fell into ruin due to Ishin (Revitalization Reform) and an anti-Buddhist movement in the face of rapid Westernization.
Therefore, in order to preserve cultural properties, the “Old Shrines and Temples Preservation Law” was enacted in 1897 and Hoo-do was designated as a “Special Preservation Building.”
With the support of the Law, major repair was conducted from 1902 to 1907, in order to actively preserve and pass down Hoo-do.
In order to pass down precious cultural properties, gifts from the past, appropriate regular repairs are necessary.
In 1895, in order to promote the attractiveness of Uji, “Poems, Calligraphy and Paintings of Beautiful Spots of Uji” were widely subscribed and scenic landscapes of Uji were painted and composed by many artists.
We sincerely hope that you can rediscover in this Exhibition the attractiveness of Uji as a beautiful spot and sustainability of culture together with the meaning of preservation, succession and utilization of culture.

Representative Works

  • “Uji River” by Bunko Yamada
  • “Tea Tree Doll” Bunrei Maekawa
  • “Minamoto no Yorimasa” Chikana Morizumi
  • Waka (Japanese poem), “View of Beautiful Spot” Yasuaya Wakisaka

Representative Artists

Bunko Yamada
1846 ~ 1902
Born in Kyoto. First, he learned painting under Shunen Izumi, a disciple of Ganku and later learned under Bunrin Shiokawa, a painter of the Shijo School. As a central painter of the Kyoto Painting Circle at the beginning of the Meiji Period, he was always selected for Expositions and played active roles in the Domestic Industry Promotion Exposition and Domestic painting competitive Exhibition. He received a gold medal at the Paris Exposition in 1889.
He taught painting at the Kyoto Painting School established in 1880 and became a Professor in 1889 and in establishment of the Kyoto Private Japanese Youth Painting Competitive Exhibition, he became a supporting member and taught a younger generation of painters. He was commonly known as Wahei, with the popular name of Heizaburo. His works are “Byodoin Yorinan Study Tea Room Fusuma Painting” “Kacho Mountain Raining Scene” “Painting of Harp, Shogi, Calligraphy and Painting” “Painting of Playing Harp under the Pine Tree,” etc.

Bunrei Maekawa
1837 ~ 1917
Born as a child of Gorei Maekawa, a Shijo School painter, disciple of Keibun Matsumura. He learned painting from his father and played a role as central painter of the Kyoto Painting Circle at the beginning of the Meiji Period by participating in Jounsha (art group) and Kyoto Art Association and taught at the Kyoto Painting School when it was established and was a judge of the Kyoto Private Japanese Youth Painting Competitive Exhibition.
He exhibited his works at the Domestic Painting Competitive Exhibition, Domestic Industry Promotion Exposition, Japan Painting Association, Nihon Bijutsuin Federation Painting Competitive Exhibition and Japan Nanga Association Exhibition.

Chikana Morizumi
1859 ~ 1925
A daughter of Tsurana Morizumi, an official painter of the Awa-Tokushima Domain. She learned painting at the Sumiyoshi School from her father. In 1879, she married Shinpei Iwano, but divorced in the following year. Thereafter, she moved to Osaka with her parents.
She painted samurai paintings with a masculine effect and also works depicting local toys collected as her hobby.She died at the age of 67. Real name is Tai.

Yasuaya Wakisaka
1840 ~ 1908
Feudal Lord, nobleman. Third son of Takayuki Todo, Lord of the Ise-Tsu Domain. He was adopted by Yasuori Wakisaka and the 10th Lord of the Wakisaka family of the Harima-Tatsuno Domain in 1862 and later became Viscount. Died at the age of 70. Popular name is Chinzaburo, Pen name is Yasumine.

Similar to the Byodoin Omotesando Art Works Subscription Exhibition, in 1895, he widely presented poems, calligraphy and paintings in order to promote the attractiveness of Uji.

Total of 244 works. There are many artists well-known even today.
Part of the works are exhibited (circulating works are scheduled)

Period: Saturday, January 18, 2014 ~ Friday, April 18, 2014, open throughout the period
Place: Byodoin Museum Hoshokan (116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m. (Hoshokan)
Fee: Admission fee to Byodoin is required
(Special Fee during Repair Period: Adults ¥300, Junior High and High School Students ¥200, Elementary School Students ¥150)
(From April 1, 2014, ordinary fee: Adults ¥600, Junior High and High School Students ¥400, Elementary School Students ¥300)
Host: Religious Corporation Byodoin

Hoo-do Repair Special Exhibition ‘Meeting Buddha –Token of Creating Relationship-’

Period: Saturday September 28, 2013 ~ Friday, January 17, 2014

“Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues (Buddhist Saints holding a mass in the clouds)” hung on the inside wall of Hoo-do were created in Jocho’s studio, similar to the Principal Image, Amida Nyorai Seated Statue and statues are sculpted in an elegant and relaxed manner with rich variation.
They were created for Jodo’s space to be watched from below and they are the only group statues hung on the wall from the Heian Period.

Byodoin has conducted a reproduction project of Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues by a Buddhist sculptor, Kiyoshi Murakami since 2004.
They are copied by the same material, conversion of timber and techniques as the original Statues to the extent possible and carved by the skill and sense of the Buddhist sculptor.
Therefore, they are not mere reproductions but an existence that reflects on the dignified figure of Buddha.

This exhibition introduces the secret of unique structural beauty and rich expression with which there is no comparison other than Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues, which was ascertained through reproduction.

Create relationships with Bosatsu situated in Hoo-do!
This exhibition provides special opportunities to touch the reproduced statues of Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu Statues.
Touching Buddha statues is a very dignified act to create relationships with Buddha (kechien). The reproduced statues with which visitors created relationships will be placed in Hoo-do after the end of the exhibition and will watch prayers for hundreds and thousands years in the future.
Evidence of relationship creation puts a footprint on the page of history of Byodoin and the person who created relationships with Buddha will be remembered as a witness in the future.

Statues with which you can create relationships are the followings
[North No. 25] September 28, 2013 ~ November 29, 2013
[South No. 10] November 30, 2013 ~ January 17, 2014