Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture’s PR Video, Sightseeing Action Game “Uji City – The Town of Uji Tea and The Tale of Genji” is a totally original 2D action side-scroller video, that introduces famous products and tourist attractions in Uji City, including some World Heritage Sites.
This video, which can be enjoyed by both children and adults, will no doubt make many people interested in Uji City.
We wish to introduce the city to these people in an easy-to-understand manner♪
What kind of a village is Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
Uji City is located in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture, and is filled with cultural properties, such as Byodo-in Temple and Ujigami Shrine.
The amount of tea plantations decrease annually, but because there are so many professional tea maker families within the city, Uji tea has remained a traditional industry in the city.
Because Uji City is the place where Uji tea is produced, tea faucets have been installed at the local public elementary schools, and they are used in dietary education.
Access to the center of Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
Approx. 17 min. from Kyoto Station to Uji Station by JR Nara Line Rapid Service train.
Approx. 50 min. from Kyobashi Station (Osaka) to Uji Station, with a transfer at Chushojima Station from Keihan Main Line to Keihan-Uji Line.
(Ex.) Arriving from Tokyo Station
Approx. 2 hours 14 min. from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station by Nozomi Shinkansen train, and then approx.
17 min. from Kyoto Station to Uji Station by JR Nara Line Rapid Service train. Therefore, it takes around 2 hours 30 min. in total to reach Uji City from Tokyo Station.
3 Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Uji City
The Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in
A world heritage site, that is also depicted on the 10 yen coin, making it very familiar to Japanese people. The contrast between the building and its reflection on the water is something mysterious. It is a place you will definitely want to visit when you are in Uji City. The place is very easy to get to, as is located only a pleasant 10 minutes walk from Uji Station.
The pride of Uji City, Ujigami Shrine, is another World Heritage site, and is also the oldest architectural shrine structure in Japan. It is a small shrine where you can feel the Japanese atmosphere to your heart’s content. Since it is also located at around 10 minutes walk from Uji Station, you can easily combine it with your visit to Byodo-in Temple.
Also known as the symbol of Uji, the historical Ujibashi Bridge is the oldest bridge in Japan. Feel the gentle breeze of Uji, as you enjoy the marvelous view of the surroundings.
3 Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Uji City
You can enjoy a variety of different Japanese sweets, like green-tea-flavored dumplings, in Uji City. Eating some matcha-flavored soft ice cream, parfait, or anmitsu (syrup-covered bean paste and fruits) in an old teahouse is one of the best parts of Uji City. The teahouses of Uji City have such a long history, that they can even be found in old literature. Enjoy a sweet time in one of these historical teahouses!
Green tea soba noodles
Green tea soba noodles have a bright green color, and a green tea aroma tea that just spreads in your mouth. It is a dish you want to try while you are in Uji City. You can see noodle vendors in front of many shops making noodles with their hands, so find a place you like and try it♪
Once you are in Uji City, you have to try Unagi Iimushi. It is a dish with steamed soft eel on chewy mochi rice with red beans, wrapped in a bamboo leaf. Just eating one will leave most people with such a good impression that they want to buy it as a souvenir to take home.
3 Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Uji City
Uji tea and matcha sweets / Itoh-Kyuemon
Itoh-Kyuemon is a popular Japanese-style confectionery store in Uji, that has been around since the late Edo period. The store supplies tea to various temples and shrines, such as Byodo-in Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine. After you have tried some of the Uji tea and matcha sweets inside the store, don’t forget to buy some souvenirs!
Bite-sized traditional Japanese sweets / Uji Surugaya
Surugaya is a long-standing Japanese-style confectionery store that has been around since Muromachi period. It is said that the fifth shogun of the Tokugawa Household, Lord Tsunayoshi is behind the name “Surugaya”. Gifting your friends or coworkers with some cute gem-looking half-dry Japanese sweets, or zenzai (red bean soup) with refined Japanese sugar is sure to make them happy!
Kinako Matcha Warabimochi / Tsujirihei Main Store
Tsujirihei is a shop established in 1860, which specializes in Uji matcha. The store sells a lot of sweets that matcha-loving people will find irresistible. Kinako Matcha Warabimochi, which is sold at Tsujirihei Main Store, is a bracken starch dumpling with matcha kneaded into it, and sweetened soy flour sprinkled on top. You can taste the bitterness of tea in it, so it can also be recommended to people who don’t really like sweet things.
“Kyoto-ben” – The admired dialect of Kyoto
Kyoto’s dialect is said to be elegant, and is a very admired dialect. That being said, there are only few people who use Kyoto-ben in today’s Japan, and apparently only the geisha have a perfect command of Kyoto-ben. Let’s still take a look at some vocabulary from the admired Kyoto-ben.
“Kettai na”…Weird, or strange.
All of this, and plenty more fascinating things are waiting for you to discover in Uji City in Kyoto Prefecture. The next time you get some time off, why don’t you visit the charming town of Uji City!?
“Uji City Home Page”
“Uji City Official Facebook Page”
translated by Samu Pekka Ojanen
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