A postcard-cliche shot of the Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-in, a Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto prefecture.
This temple was originally built in 998 in the Heian period as a rural villa of Fujiwara no Michinaga, one of the most powerful members of the Fujiwara clan. This villa was changed to a Buddhist temple by Fujiwara no Yorimichi in 1052. The most famous building in the temple is the Phoenix Hall (鳳凰堂 hōō-dō) or the Amida Hall, constructed in 1053. It is the only remaining original building, surrounded by a scenic pond; additional buildings making up the compound were burnt down during a civil war in 1336.
Japan commemorates its longevity and cultural significance by displaying its image on the 10 yen coin, and the 10,000 yen note