Translated by Hilary Keyes
When In Kyoto, Visit Uji! A Sightseeing Guide To The Town Of Tea
Uji is an elegant town located in the south of Kyoto. Most famous for Byodoin Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Uji is also a green tea lover's paradise. Read on to learn more about this exciting sightseeing spot!
Written by Denis Ishino
What Kind of Place Is Uji?
Uji is an elegant town located in the southern region of Kyoto prefecture. As we will later discuss, Uji is home to Byodoin Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as numerous other historical buildings, while their most famous local product is Uji-cha. Conveniently located, Uji can be readily accessed from Kyoto via train or taxi, which makes it an ideal place to drop by when visiting Kyoto.
Table of Contents:
1. How to Reach Uji from Kyoto Station
2. Uji Tourist Information Center
3. Recommended Spots in Uji
4. Model Itinerary for Uji
5. Top Souvenirs from Uji
6. What is Uji-cha?
7. Recommended Tea Shops in Uji
8. Regarding Japanese Green Tea
How to Reach Uji from Kyoto Station
Essentially, Uji is Kyoto city's neighbor. Now let's take a look at the best routes to reach Uji from Kyoto.
Traveling from Kyoto Station to Uji Station By Train
From Kyoto Station, you will want to take the JR Nara line. Transfer-free, a one-way trip to Uji takes roughly 30 minutes (if you take the Miyakoji Rapid train it takes only 17 minutes), and costs 240 yen.
Traveling from Kyoto to Uji by Taxi
As Uji is relatively close to Kyoto, it's also possible to take a taxi from Kyoto Station to Uji as well. There are several factors to consider, such as your starting point, road conditions and so on, but on average it will cost about 4500-5000 yen to take a cab to Uji - which is not too unreasonable. If you are traveling with family or have a lot of luggage, then this is perhaps the best route for you. A conservative estimate of the travel time is about 30 minutes, but it again depends on several factors.
Regarding Traveling from Kyoto to Uji by Bus
Unfortunately, there are no buses that travel from Kyoto city to Uji. If you want to travel via public transportation, then the above-mentioned train route is your only option.
Uji Tourist Information Center
There are two convenient locations offering travel advice for Uji: the Uji City Tourism Association (Sightseeing Center) and the JR Uji Station Building Yumeria Uji Tourist Information Center.
Uji City Tourism Association (Sightseeing Center)
Address: Kyoto, Uji, Togawa 2
Phone Number: 0774-23-3334
JR Uji Station Building Yumeria Uji Tourist Information Center
Address: Kyoto, Uji, Ujisatojiri 5-9 JR Uji Ekimae Shimin Koryu Plaza 1F
Phone Number: 0774-22-8783