116 Uji Renge, Uji-Shi, 26 611-0021 Japan
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Experience a piece of Japan's history at Byodoin Temple, one of the few remaining structures from the country's Heian period. Originally built in 998 as a villa for a powerful regent, it was converted to a Buddhist temple in 1052 by his son. The beautiful Phoenix Hall, featured on the 10 yen coin, is the only part of the original villa remaining; the rest were burned down in the 1336 civil war. Today, you can visit the Phoenix Hall itself, see the temple's oldest and most valued treasures in the Hoshokan museum, or simply explore the grounds to take in the natural beauty of the temple gardens.