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Uji Byodoin Omotesando ~ Green tea & Matcha lovers must visit! Great for shopping and eating ~

When coming to Uji city visiting Byodoin temple, don’t forget to also visit Byodoin Omotesando! Sando (参道) means the road that’s leading toward the temple or shrine, and Omote (表) means the front; so simply this is the road in front of Byodoin temple, leading up to it.
On this street you can find all kinds of products made by Uji tea (Uji Cha, 宇治茶), it is one of the most popular type of tea grown in Japan. If you like green tea or matcha, you should definitely visit this place! It is also a great place for you to try it if you have never had any Uji tea before 👍🏻
Sign of Uji Byodoin OmotesandoUji Byodoin Omotesando

Near the end closer to Byodoin temple, you can find a cute store call Wamuu (Wa-mu-u, 和夢兎).
Wamuu (Wa-mu-u, 和夢兎)

This store sells all kinds of tittle things, mainly the Japanese style ones.
Little things could include handkerchiefs, coin pouches, furoshiki, and more.
And from its name “兎,” the last word “U” means rabbit in Japanese, so at this store you can find a lot of small things with the print of rabbits 🐰
Wamuu (Wa-mu-u, 和夢兎)

Other than the small things such as coin holders, make up pouch, I would like to recommend their cosmetic products!
They have many types of products that are made with Uji tea~ they smell really nice!
If you’re worried that your skin won’t fit with the product, you can choose to use the hand creams. They offer big and small sizes, so it could also be good for gifts 😊
Wamuu (Wa-mu-u, 和夢兎)

The store also has a cafe called Wamucha Cafe. The cafe also sells all kinds of food make with Uji tea, it is also introduced by several Japanese TV programs!
Wamucha Cafe

On that day we ordered the popular menu: Mapo Matcha Tofu (麻婆抹茶豆腐)
Mapo Matcha Tofu (麻婆抹茶豆腐)

The tofu is made with matcha, the texture is not the same as normal today, it’s very slippery and a bit chewy~
The pepper makes the Mapo tofu smells and tastes good, even in the hot summer, you will still want to continue eating it!
Mapo Matcha Tofu (麻婆抹茶豆腐)

We also ordered Uji tea fried rice on that day~ it was also very tasty 😋
Uji tea fried rice

The cafe also has many Japanese dessert that seems tasty, but since there are many other choices at Byodoin Omotesando, we decided to safe the space in our stomach and continue on to different stores ~

Arriving at the famous Ito-Kyuemon, Byodoin store. It is a famous store that makes all kids of sweets and food products with green tea / matcha.
Ito-Kyuemon, Byodoin store

The famous KitKat also has collaboration products with Ito-Kyuemon! You can get some matcha flavored KitKat here!
matcha flavored KitKat

And the most atttactive product was the alcoholic drinks made with matcha! They also offers free tasting at that time; the Japanese sake with matcha tasted so good we decided to buy one and bring it home to enjoy 😆
Japanese sake with matcha

Of course there are many sweets that were attractive as well~
To give some examples, there are matcha chocolate, matcha pudding, matcha coockies, Japanese sweets made with match, and much much more!
Japanese sweets

There are many other stores at Byodoin Omotesando, you should definetly take time to look around! But almost every store sells things made by Uji tea, matcha, and green tea…it makes it too hard to make a decision 😅
Uji Byodoin Omotesando

And if you visiting Uji in the summer, you should try the match ice cream!
The one we chose to have was Kyoto Rokujouan ‘s (京都 六条庵) Strong Matcha Ice cream (お濃茶アイスクリーム) 😋
The matcha flavor was very strong but not bitter, it was nicely mixed with the sweetness of ice cream~
Strong Matcha Ice cream (お濃茶アイスクリーム) at Kyoto Rokujouan (京都 六条庵)

After filling up our stomachs and getting our Uji souvenirs, it’s time to move on to the next destination~ coming all the way to Uji city, don’t forget to visit other famous attractions other than Byodoin temple ✨
Uji Byodoin Omotesando

Walking away from Byodoin temple on the Byodoin Omotesando, you will pass by the famous bridge, Yume no Ukihashi (夢浮橋); this bridge is famous because of The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari, 源氏物語).
And you can also see the statue of the writer of The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部), in front of the bridge.
statue of Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部)View from bridge

Continue walking toward Ujigami Shrine (宇治上神社) while enjoying the beautiful view ~ 👣

Visited 2016/04

Information for Uji Byodoin Omotesando (平等院表参道)

Address
Renge Uji, Uji-shi, Kyōto-fu 611-0021 (〒611-0021 京都府宇治市宇治蓮華)
Access
  • JR Uji station, 9 minutes on foot
  • Keihan Uji station, 6 minutes on foot

Information for Wamucha Cafe (和夢茶Cafe)

Address
Renge-12 Uji, Kyoto Prefecture (宇治市宇治蓮華12)
Access
  • JR Uji station, 10 minutes on foot
  • Keihan Uji station, 7 minutes on foot
Opening hours
  • Weekdays: 11:00 ~ 16:00
  • Weekends・Holidays: 11:00 ~ 18:00
  • Dinner, ony accept reservations
Holidays
No fixed holidays
Budget
1,000 JPY ~ 1,999 JPY
Payment
Cash, Credit cards (VISA、MASTER、JCB、AMEX、Diners)
Website
Wamucha Cafe (Japanese only)

Information for Ito-Kyuemon Byodoin store (伊藤久右衛門)

Address
〒611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture, Uji, Renge 31−1 (〒611-0021 京都府宇治市宇治蓮華31−1)
Access
  • JR Uji station, 10 minutes on foot
  • Keihan Uji station, 5 minutes on foot
Opening hours
10:00 ~ 17:00
Holidays
Will change depending on the season, please double check their website
Website
Ito-Kyuemon (伊藤久右衛門)

Information for Kyoto Rokujouan (京都 六条庵)

Address
〒611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture, Uji, Renge−5 (京都府宇治市宇治蓮華5)
Access
  • JR Uji station, 5 minutes on foot
  • Keihan Uji station, 2 minutes on foot
Opening hours
  • Kyoto Obanzai Buffet: 11:00 ~ 16:00 (Last entry at 15:00)
  • Take away desserts: 11:00 ~ Sunset
  • Wa Cafe: 11:00 ~ 18:00 (L.O.17:30)
Holidays
No fixed holidays (Open for lunch and on Sundays)
Budget
~999 JPY
Payment
Cash, Credit cards (JCB、AMEX、Diners)
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