In 1052, it became a Buddhist temple. A year later, the Amida Hall, also called Phoenix Hall or Hōō-do was built. Until this day, it stands here in is original form.
In front of the Phoenix hall is a pond garden, which symbolizes the Pure Land, the paradise.
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From Kyoto station, take the Nara line towards Joyo. After 30 minutes and 8 stops, get off at Uji station (宇治). From there it is only a short walk in eastern direction.
8:30am – 5:30pm