Byodoin Temple  (平等院), is a Buddhist temple in Uji (宇治). The main structure of the temple is Phoenix Hall. The name comes from its shape and two phoenix statues on its roof. The same phoenix image is on Japanese 10,000 yen note.

From Kyoto to Uji is a 20-minute train ride. From Uji station to the temple is another 15 minute walk. Uji is also famous for its green tea. When you are in Uji, other than admiring Byodoin temple, making sure you try many of foods and snacks, from ice cream to Mochi to noodle to all kinds of sweets, that have green tea in them.

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社), is a Shinto shrine in Kyoto. It’s famous for its thousands of torii gates (Senbon Torii, 千本鳥居) that are lining up on the trails that connect the outer shrine to the inner shrine. Each of the torii gates was donated by donors. You will also see statues of fox everywhere in the shrine. Foxes are regarded as the messengers.

JR Inari station, or metro Fushimi-Inari station, is conveniently right in front of the Shrine.