Uji Walking Tour is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near the city of Uji that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.
Uji, and the odour of roasting Tea. The first odor your olfactory senses will experience upon arrival at Uji will be the smell of roasting tea. Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408) promoted the cultivation of Green Tea in the Uji area. Since that time Uji has been an important production and distribution centre of superior quality Green Tea. The final chapters of "The Tale of Genji", what is considered the worlds first novel, written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century, are set in Uji, attracting literature buffs from all around the world.Evidence of this masterpiece can still be seen in-and-around Uji - The Tale of Genji Statue and Bridge, and The Tale of Genji Museum, both worth the visit. Visitors are also attracted to Uji for it's centuries-old historic sites, which include many Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples. Among the most famous are the Ujigami Shrine (built in 1060) and the Byodo-in Temple (built in 998), both which are listed as U.N.E.S.C.O. "World Heritage Sites". You will get to visit some historic Shrines and Temples, as well as take in the Tale of Genji Museum. Then the walk will take you through the "Green Belt",to the Mt Daikichi lookout point, where you will have a birds-eye view of Uji and it's environs ( an ideal place to have lunch), before descending to the Uji-gawa (Uji River), via Kosho-ji Temple, and onto the Amagase Dam. Then it's back along the Uji-gawa, where you will cross Asagiri and Tachibana bridges, and onto Byodo-in Temple. From here you will stroll through the Uji shopping area, and the odor of roasting tea, before ending at the Tale of Genji Statue and Bridge.