How to get to Uji
Kyoto City and Uji are connected by frequent trains along the JR Nara Line. The one way trip takes about 20 minutes by rapid train or 30 minutes by local train. Both rapid and local trains cost 240 yen one way. The trip is covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
The Keihan Line is useful for passengers departing Kyoto from around the Kamogawa River, e.g. the Gion area, as opposed to Kyoto Station. Take the Keihan Main Line to Chushojima Station, transfer to the Keihan Uji Line and alight at the terminal station, Keihan Uji Station. the one way trip takes about half an hour, costs around 310 yen and is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Osaka and Uji are connected by frequent trains along the Keihan Line. From Yodoyabashi or Kyobashi Stations in Osaka, the one way trip takes about 1 hour and costs about 400 yen. A transfer of trains is required at Chushojima Station to the Keihan Uji Line. Travel on the Keihan Line is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
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Most of Uji's attractions, except the more remotely located Mampukuji and Mimurotoji Temples, are found around the town center near the Byodoin Temple and Uji River, and can be covered entirely on foot. Both JR Uji Station and Keihan Uji Station are about a ten minute walk from Byodoin Temple. JR Uji Station lies south of Uji River, while Keihan Uji is across Uji Bridge to the north of the river.
Mampukuji and Mimurotoji Temples are further away from the town center, but good walkers should be able to reach them in about half an hour from the river. The most convenient way to access Mampukuji Temple, however, is a short walk from Obaku Station. Buses connect both JR and Keihan Uji Stations with Mimurotoji Temple.