WISTERIA IN UJI
Uji City is the home of Byodo-in, the ancient temple that appears on the Japanese 10 yen coin. When these photos were taken in May 2013, Byodo-in was undergoing restoration (not the best time to visit) but there were plenty of other attractions. Wisteria and azaleas were blooming everywhere, there were dragon boat races taking place, and the matcha ice-cream was superb. Uji has been a famous tea growing area for hundreds of years, so there are charming little tea shops everywhere.