Byodo-in (Phoenix Hall)
Located near Uji, the Phoenix Hall (1053) is named after an Asian mythical bird, its "wings" spread out in flight. The building is what remains of the villa-temple of Fujiwara no Yorimichi, reflected in a stunning pond and gardens that represent Amida's Western Paradise. Other villa-temples in Japan include the Golden Pavilion and Silver Pavilion, Horyuji, and Nanzenji.
The villa was formerly closed for repairs, but reopened in 2000, as refurbishing continues.