After Nara’s serenity, I headed towards Uji to find out more about Byōdō-in (平等院). This Buddhist temple looks so elegant. A friend recommended this ‘pit stop’ before I was to meet my friend in Kyoto, and I’m glad I made the day trip there.

Japan commemorates Byōdō-in’s longevity and cultural significance by displaying the image of the Phoenix Hall on the 10 yen coin. I loved the quiet time admiring the architecture of the temple, and the various Buddhist monuments they had in the museum nearby.