Byodoin Temple Museum Hoshokan (平等院鳳翔館)

Byodoin Temple Museum Hoshokan is a museum located in the grounds of Byodoin Temple in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture. The museum opened on March 1, 2001.
It is touted as 'the first registered general museum officially registered by a religious corporation.'

Construction Features

It is a representative work of the architect Akira KURYU. It has been awarded the Japan Art Academy prize and the Architectural Institute of Japan's Annual Architectural Design Commendation.

Most of the museum is underground however the slit design in the porch space create an impressive feel.

Features of Facilities

Realistic reconstruction of the inner temple using computer graphics
Programs recording restoration of artworks
and so on.


116 Ujirenge, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture


15 minutes walk from Uji Station on the Nara Line of West Japan Railway Company (JR West).

[Original Japanese]