visited several World Heritage sites in Kyoto and Nara when there were less tourists in Feb. Returned to Osaka/Namba after Nara.
Byodoin is in Uji, a town famous for green tea and is about 30min by commuter train from Kyoto. It’s more than 1000 years old and its Phoenix Hall is featured on the back on the JPY10 coin. Apart from its beautiful architecture and garden, there are many valuable artifacts such as paintings, statues and sculptures in its treasure house.
Uji Shrine and Tea house
After brief soba lunch, visited the Uji Shrine on the opposite side of the Uji river. Returned back to the tea alley to visit 500-year old tea house, whose founder had served the shogun. The current owner is already the 16th generation. The Uji-cha (tea) sets with local desserts were excellent. A Swiss guy serving us showed us to visit the tea information room on 2F.
Kitano Tenmangu (北野天滿宮)
Visited Ume (Plum) blossom in garden. Though it was not in full bloom when we visited, Ume flowers in various colours were blooming.