Ujigami shrine, the oldest standing shrine in Japan. this tranquil shrine, surrounded by trees, is located on the banks of the Uji-gawa river in Kyoto.

The Hon-den (the main shrine building), which is designated as a National Treasure, enshrines the deity. This ancient structure was built in the nagare-zukuri style (one of the most common shrine architecture styles: a curved asymmetrical roof extends out more on the side of the main entrance than on the opposite side to provide shelter for worshipers) during the first part of the 11th century.  A hundred meters south of Ujigami Shrine stands Uji Shrine, also built in the nagare-zukuri style. The two shrines used to be one until they were separated during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Ujigami Shrine used to be known as the upper shrine while Uji Shrine was the lower shrine.

ujigami shrine
● An approach to the Shrine.
uji shrine
● Uji Shrine, the lower shrine
kirihara-sui well
● Kirihara-sui Well
ujigami shrine
● A small stone bridge to the shrine.

In the precincts of Ujigami Shrine, is Kirihara-sui Well, where fresh water still springs up. Uji city, well known for its quality and production of green tea used to have so many springs all around, though a good few of them lost in the couse of time. Today, you can only see several of them having survived. Kirihara-sui Well reminds us of the past beautiful scenery of the city. You can also visit Byodo-in Temple nearby, and stroll along the Uji river.

Address : 〒611-0021 Kyoto, Uji, Yamada−59

Access : 10-minute walk from Uji station on the Keihan Uji line

Hours : 9:00 to 16:30

Admission : Free

Benefit : Keep eveil away, Education,

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