Byodo-in (平等院), a temple dating back to the late Heian Period almost 1000 years ago, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Byodo-in is located in Uji
(宇治), a city famous for its green tea, and is a short train ride from either Kyoto or Nara. You can also enjoy a nice bike ride from Kyoto, which takes about 90 mins to 2 hours.
The famous Amida-do (阿弥陀堂), is often referred to as the Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂). There is a pair of golden Phoenixes on the ridge of the Central Hall. Its namesake is also in reference to the form of the building, which evokes a bird, or a Phoenix in this case, spreading its wings.
While the Central Hall houses a seated statue of a seated Buddha, as well as other Jodo Buddhism sect art from the Heian Period, the side wings don’t serve any particular function. However, they play a great role in balancing the mass of the Main Hall.
Even though Suikoushya International Craft School is now up and running in France, our Kyoto workshop will still continue to operate and we want to welcome you when you’re in Kyoto!
Here in Kyoto you can explore the many different wooden architectural treasures of Japan!