The Tale of Genji and Uji City Summary of the Tale of Genji

Despite the fact that The Tale of Genji is a work of fiction, Uji is home to a number of sites related to this story that have been admired for over 1,000 years. The Edo Period 'kozuka' (dilettante) established a number of places of historical interest based on the last ten chapters of the tale. These are referred to as the Uji-Jujo Ancient Historic Sites, and they have been preserved to this day after going through various changes over the years. While they include the sites for the chapters of "Tenarai" (Writing Practice) and "Yume no Ukihashi" (The Floating Bridge of Dreams), which would both better suit the Rakuhoku Ono region, it may have been people's admiration for Uji that resulted in these sites being created where they are now.

The Ancient 'Hashi-Hime' Site (Princess at the Bridge)
Hashi-Hime Shrine is situated near the west side of the Uji Bridge, and the 'Hashi-Hime' site is located within the grounds. Originally, Hashi-Hime was worshipped as the guardian of bridges, but is now more famous as a goddess for divorcees or those seeking to end a relationship.
The Ancient Shiigamoto Site
Ochikata Shrine, located to the south east of Keihan Uji Station, is said to be the Shiigamoto site. The shrine worships the deity known as 'Suwa-Myojin'
The Ancient Agemaki Site
The site for Agemaki is at the entrance of Daikichi Mountain to the north of Ujigami Shrine. The stone monument now there was erected in 1970.
The Ancient Sawarabi Site
There is a monument to Sawarabi on the north side of Uji Shrine. It was given this name as it was a place where lots of ferns and other edible mountain plants grew in springtime.
The Ancient Yadorigi Site
The 'yadorigi' (ivy) plants cling onto big trees such as 'zelkova' and are commonly found along the Uji River. The monument to 'Yadorigi' stands quietly to the upstream of the Uji River.
The Ancient Azuma-ya Site
A stone statue, known as the 'Azumaya Kannon' (Goddess of Mercy), stands to the south east of Keihan Uji Station and represents this 'Azuma-ya' chapter. The statue was made in the later half of the Kamakura Period.
The Ancient Ukifune Site
Originally, there was a place of worship called Ukifune Shrine (in a different place) that housed the guardian deity protecting water transport. Now this deity is within the grounds of Mimurotoji Temple.
The Ancient Kagero Site
There is an old stone monument for the Kagero chapter on the way to Mimurotoji Temple. It was made at the end of the Heian Period (794~1192) with the inscription of three Buddha figures.
The Writing Practice Site
This monument was built in the Showa Period. The shape is intended to represent the tip of a writing brush.
The 'Yume no Ukihashi' Site
Situated at the west end of the Uji Bridge. The Ten Uji Chapters start and end with a bridge named 'Yume no Ukihashi'
'Uji-Jujo' Monument
This monument is the main 'Uji-Jujo' (the Ten Uji Chapters) symbol and represents all the monuments around the city that individually mark the Ten Uji Chapters. The image itself is a representation of the heroine Ukifune and Niou no Miya as they set off by small boat onto the Uji River. This is a good place to reflect on their individual story and the story they belong to, as well as for taking photographs or resting during a walk around Uji.
Statue of Murasaki Shikibu
The statue is located in Yume no Ukihashi Square at the west end of the Uji Bridge (completed in 2003)
It is located next to the Yume no Ukihashi Monument near the Uji Bridge.