The austere refinement of ‘The Tale of Genji’
Uji, a place beloved by aristocrats in the Heian period, is known as the main stage of the Japanese literature classic, ‘The Tale of Genji’. You can glimpse the world of these aristocrats through Uji’s unchanged beautiful scenery. This area is also famous for its production of fine Uji tea, and provides many dessert cafes where they serve a cup of Uji tea in the vicinity of some splendid temples.
Sanjusangendo’s 120-meter-long main hall houses 1001 statues of Kannon, the Boddhisattva of compassion. Among them is a Kannon statue designated as a national treasure. The view of these thousand statues, each uniquely shaped, is simply astonishing.
This traditional Japanese dessert café offers high quality tea and dessert items made with fine tea. They take pride in being a part of the tea culture, which had its foundation in Kyoto. You can taste their refined tea through the popular desserts such as ‘Uji parfait soft’ (parfait with powdered green tea flavour).
The Tofukuji Temple has many highlights in its precincts. Among them is their ‘Tsuten’ Bridge, from where visitors can enjoy a beautifully designed garden which highlights different aspects of seasonal change, and the uniquely designed ‘hojo’ garden. The refined composition of colour and design, and the harmony with nature, is quite astonishing.