In late November of 2014, I visited the newly renovated Phoenix Hall at Byodo-in Temple in Uji City, Kyoto.
Many people lined up in the early morning to see the renewed face of Byodo-in's Phoenix Hall, a World Heritage Site. I went early, but still I had to wait for two hours before entering the hall. Every time I see this kind of scene in which people wait in a long line, I am impressed anew how much Japanese people love queuing!
There are other temples in the grounds of Byodo-in Temple besides the Phoenix Hall of course. I also visited Keisho-in and Jodo-in, and prayed in front of the Buddhist statues there before going home.
See also: Face-Lift For Byodo-in Phoenix Hall (Villa of Elite Aristocrats)
Find out more about Byodo-in Temple.
I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The histor...