Beautiful Hydrangea Garden at Mimurodo-ji Temple

by ebazaar 21 June 2010 No Comment

Japan, like its many other oriental companion countries takes huge pride in the profuse numbers of shrines and temples within the country. Some of them are dedicated to Shinto religion while some are of Buddhism origin. One such temple that I will write about this time is the Mimurodo-ji, which is also the 10th temple of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage.

Japan too, as we might have noticed before is a country that place grave importance towards nature and and its surrounding. The Japanese love to fuse themselves with natural surrounding and that is also one of the reason why their temples, shrines, castles were all built with beautiful natural landscape and surroundings. Even their favourite vacation spot would always be either onsen or beaches which is all natural by default.

Mimurodo-ji is mostly well known as the picturesque mountain temple and every year, both Japanese and foreign tourist would visit the place to see the plentiful and beautiful blooming azaleas and hydrangeas in the garden around the temples’ ground during May and June. It’s courtyard too is filled with beds of lotus plants and a memorial beside the belfry is associated with Ukifune in The Tale of Genji.

Mimurodoji Temple EntranceShort history of Mimurodo-ji

Legend has it says that the temple was found in the year 770 by a monk of the imperial house during that time. The temple had been partially destroyed many times before during several wars ever since it was built, but it was revived and restored. In the year 1814, during the Edo period, the temple existing main hall was rebuilt and stood its ground to this day. It was also said that the historic of ‘Uji’s chapters’ is found in the grounds of the temple. The temple too has many important cultural assets in stored within its guarded possession, such as wooden statues of the late Heian period, Samurai statues, wooden Buddha statue, wooden Bishamonten statue and several other ancient relics.

How to get to Mimurodo-ji

Mimurodo-ji is situated in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. The closest train station is Mimuroto on the Keihan-Uji line, and you would have to walk for about 15 minutes to reach the beautiful temple. The distance is about 1 kilimeter from the station to the Temple. Just head south from the station for about 900 meters and turn left and walk for another 100 meters. Use caution, since this route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths. If you are unsure of which part to take initially, you can always ask the information center at the train station of which is the way to the temple and then follow the instruction noted above. It is also accessible from Uji station on the JR Nara line plus another 20 minutes walk. Since you have to do some walking, you better wear comfortable shoes and get a map handy, just in case.

Address of Mimurodo-ji:- 21 Shigatani, Todo, Uji city

Telephone:- 0774-21-2067

The temple is open from 8.30 a.m to 4.30 pm during summer, fall and spring. In winter, it is closed earlier at 4.00 p.m. Mimurodo-ji is totally closed every year from 29th December to 31st December. Entrance fee into Mimurodo-ji is ¥500 per entry per person, but for children below 6, it will be free entry. You can visit the official website of Mimurodo-ji but it’s in Japanese though.

Official website of Mimurodo-ji Temple

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