UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Byodo-in is a temple garden built in the chisen kaiyuushiki style during the Heiain period of Japanese history. It was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. In front of the Byodo-in is the Uji River, and a little further back is Mount Asahi (Asahiyama). Byodo-in was once a pleasure villa for many past emperors. When the temple was first built, there were many more buildings, but most of them burned down during a civil war. Now there are just the Phoenix Hall, Guanyin Hall and Bell Tower. Among them, the most famous is the Phoenix Hall.