JBaymore wrote:Shortly I'll be headed back to Japan to produce a body of claywork once again.
I will also spend some time in Kyoto (I LOVE Kyoto)...... and I plan to try to get to Uji this time (keep missing it).
Anyone have some suggestions for a single day in Uji? (I speak enough Japanese to survive.... so getting away from the "touristy" stuff is OK.)
just a note, if you visit Byodo-in you must then enter and also buy a ticket outside the Phoenix Hall to visit it. there is usually a delay since only a certain # of visitors are allowed in during a time-scheduled tour so the idea is to go directly outside Phoenix Hall, buy your ticket to enter it at some point in the day, then visit the grounds of Byodo-in, the great museum there, etc... then keep a watch on the time so as not to miss your Phoenix Hall tour. if you do miss it you'll have to buy a new ticket for some time later in the day.
i have had time to picnic by the river which was really nice after stopping at the supermarket on the main road from the station to buy lunch, but have never had time for this:
"Kyo pottery has been a cherished local tradition since the Muromachi period. Asashiyaki Pottery is on the east side of the river, near Kosho-ji, and Shizugawa Togei Kyoshitsu is further to the south. Visitors who are especially interested can take a taxi to Sumiyama Pottery Village (2-2 Kuda, Sumiyama, Uji City), about 6.5 km from the city center. At Sumiyama, visitors can tour factories manufacturing pottery in the Kyo and Kiyomizu traditions."http://wikitravel.org/en/Uji
please keep us informed of your travels!