Uji is the second biggest city of Kyoto prefecture, with almost 190,000 inhabitants for a total surface of 68km² only. 14 kilometers away from Kyoto in the South, the city makes a very pleasant day of visit outside the touristy place that the former imperial city became.
The city, known for its green tea, is crossed by a river with the same name (Ujigawa), sourced at Lake Biwa, not far away.
Visiting the city is a good occasion to walk around and discover a charming village, without solely doing the round-trip from Kyoto.
How to get to Uji
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 281)
How long / when to visit
Avoid Sundays as it gets super crowded
Accomodation in Uji
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Official website (in English)