IMPORTANT CULTURAL PROPERTIES OF JAPAN

Important Cultural Properties of Japan are judged by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to be of significant importances to the Japanese people.

This page contains an extensive list of the Important Cultural Properties of Japan including a description and a links to a map of each one. The Important Cultural Properties of Japan listed here are grouped by prefecture and normally only contain the site and not each specific property within the site. That is a castle may have several turrets which are individually designated as Important Cultural Properties, however to simplify this list only the castle as a whole is included. This list is not complete yet.

FUKUI PREFECTURE

Myotsuji Temple
Myotsuji Temple is a Buddhist temple from the Shingon Sect, in Obama Fukui Prefecture. The Hondo (main hall), from the Kamakura period, and the three story pagoda of Myotsuji Temple are dis...

HIROSHIMA PREFECTURE

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum focuses on the effects the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing had on the people of Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is within the Hiroshima Peace Memorial...

Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto Shrine on the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine was first constructed in the 6th century, but the current buildings date to the 12...

IWATE PREFECTURE

Chusonji Temple
Chusonji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. The Golden Hall (Konjiki-do) is one of the two buildings to survive from the original Chusonji Temple complex. Konj...

KANAGAWA PREFECTURE

Kenchoji Temple

Kenchoji Temple
Kenchoji Temple ranks first among Kamakura's so-called Five Great Zen Temples. Kenchoji Temple is the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan....

KYOTO PREFECTURE

Byodoin Temple

Byodoin Temple
Byodoin Temple is a famous Buddhist temple which appears on the 10 Yen coin. Byodoin Temple is in tea making area of Uji near Kyoto. Byodoin Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms ...

Daigoji Temple

Daigoji Temple
Daigoji Temple is famous for its five storied pagoda, cherry blossom viewing in spring and a traditional Japanese garden. Daigoji Temple is part of a large Japanese Temple complex and is a d...

Joruri-ji Temple
Joruri-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, that was established in 1047 and is famous for its Jodo-shiki (pure land style) Japanese garden. This garden, which features a pond in front o...

Kozanji Temple

Kozanji Temple
Kozanji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Omuro sect, which is in the mountains of Umegahata in Kyoto Prefecture. Kozanji Temple features the oldest tea field in Japan and possesses many Na...

Sanjusangen-do Temple

Sanjusangen-do Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple is a Buddhist temple from the Tendai sect, in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto. Sanjusangendo Temple is famous for the Thousand Armed Kannon it houses. Sanjusangendo Te...

Sanzenin Temple
Sanzenin Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect, in northern Kyoto. Sanzenin Temple is famous for its beautiful gardens that feature a moss garden, Autumn leaves and cherry blossom i...

Tofukuji Temple

Tofukuji Temple
Tofukuji Temple is a Buddhist temple which is one of the Kyoto Gozan (Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto). Tofukuji Temple is a large temple complex with 24 sub temples remaining from an origin...

Toji Temple

Toji Temple
Toji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect, near central Kyoto on a large site with extensive gardens, it is an oasis of calm in a busy area. Toji Temple is famous for its five sto...

Ujigami Shrine

Ujigami Shrine
Ujigami jinja Shrine was originally built as a guardian shrine for the nearby Byodoin Temple. Ujigami jinja Shrine, in Uji, Kyoto, is believed to be the oldest shrine building in Japan, dati...

NARA PREFECTURE

Enjo-ji Temple
Enjo-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect in north eastern Nara. Enjo-ji Temple is believed to have been established in 756AD. The two oldest structures at Enjo-ji Temple, whic...

Gangoji Temple

Gangoji Temple
Gangoji Temple is a Buddhist temple was established in 588 as part of Asuka-dera. In 718 it was moved to Nara and became one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara. Gangoji Temple is a UNESCO Wo...

Hokkiji Temple

Hokkiji Temple
Hokkiji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Okamoto, Nara Prefecture. Hokkiji Temple features the oldest three story pagoda in Japan and is one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara. Hokkiji Temple ...

Horyuji Temple

Horyuji Temple
Horyuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture. Horyuji Temple's pagoda is considered to be one of the world's oldest surviving wooden building which started construction in...

Kofukuji Temple - Three Storied Pagoda
Sanjyu-no-to is the Three Story Pagoda of Kofukuji Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara" listing....

Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine

Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine
Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine is the first branch of Usa Hachimangu Shrine (Usa-shi, Oita-ken), which was established in 749AD in order to protect Todaiji Temple. Tamukeyama Hachimangu Shrine...

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara, which is famous for being the world's largest wooden building, which houses Japan's largest statue of Buddha. Todaiji Temple is a UNESCO World He...

Toshodaiji Temple

Toshodaiji Temple
Toshodaiji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara, that is the head temple in Japan of the Ritsu-shi sect of Buddhism. Toshodaiji Temple has many buildings dating back to 759 that are National ...

Yakushiji Temple

Yakushiji Temple
Yakushiji Temple is one of the most famous imperial and ancient Buddhist temples in Japan, in Nara. Yakushiji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Historic Monuments...

OKINAWA PREFECTURE

Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle
Shuri Castle in Shuri Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Shuri Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle which dates back to the 14th century, and was constructed by the Ryukyu ...

Sogenji Temple

Sogenji Temple
Sogenji Temple was a Buddhist temple and mausoleum for the royalty of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Most of Sogenji Temple was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa (1945), however the substaintial s...

Tamaudun

Tamaudun
Tamaudun is a substainial stone mausoleum where Ryukyuan royalty are entombed and a World Heritage Site. Tamaudun is in Shuri, Okinawa, only a short distance from Shuri Castle. Tamaudun was ...

OSAKA PREFECTURE

Jigenji Temple
Jigenji Temple, also known as Nozaki Kannon, is one of the most famous Buddhist temple in Japanese history with reference made to in many novels, songs and plays. Gyoki (668-749), the high p...

Osaka Castle - Enshogura Gunpowder Magazine
Enshogura Gunpowder Magazine is one of the thirteen sites designated as an Important Cultural Property within the Osaka Castle complex....

Osaka Castle - Ichiban-yagura (Turret)

Osaka Castle - Ichiban-yagura (Turret)
Osaka Castle - Ichiban-yagura (Turret) is one of the thirteen key parts of the Osaka Castle complex in original condition that are so significant that the Japanese Government has designated ...

Osaka Castle - Inui-yagura (Turret)

Osaka Castle - Inui-yagura (Turret)
Osaka Castle - Inui-yagura (Turret) is one of the thirteen key parts of the Osaka Castle complex in original condition that are so significant that the Japanese Government has designated the...

Osaka Castle - Kinmeisui Well

Osaka Castle - Kinmeisui Well
Osaka Castle - Kinmeisui Well was the most important well in Osaka Castle. Kinmeisui Well was constructed in 1624 including the stone lining. The roof was added two years later. Kinmeisui We...

Osaka Castle - Kinzo Storehouse

Osaka Castle - Kinzo Storehouse
Kinzo Storehouse, built in 1751, was used to store gold and silver coins within Osaka Castle. Kinzo Storehouse was referred to as shin-gokinzo (new kinzo) as it replaced an earlier kinzo (mo...

Osaka Castle - Otemon (Gate)
Osaka Castle - Otemon (Gate) is one of the thirteen key parts of the Osaka Castle complex in original condition that are so significant that the Japanese Government has designated them to be...

Osaka Castle - Rokuban-yagura (Turret)

Osaka Castle - Rokuban-yagura (Turret)
Osaka Castle - Rokuban-yagura (Turret) is one of the thirteen key parts of the Osaka Castle complex in original condition that are so significant that the Japanese Government has designated ...

Osaka Castle - Sakuramon (Gate)

Osaka Castle - Sakuramon (Gate)
Sakuramon (Gate) is effectively the main gate to inner realm of Osaka Castle. It is on the Southern side of the castle tower within the Inner Moat. Sakuramon (Gate) is one of the thirteen ke...

Osaka Castle - Sengan-yagura (Turret)
Osaka Castle - Sengan-yagura (Turret) is one of the thirteen key parts of the Osaka Castle complex in original condition that are so significant that the Japanese Government has designated t...

Osaka Castle - Tamon-yagura
Osaka Castle - Tamon-yagura (Turret) is one of the thirteen key parts of the Osaka Castle complex in close to original condition that are so significant that the Japanese Government has desi...

Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library

Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library
Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library, in Nakanoshima area of central Osaka, was built in 1904 and the left and right wings were added later. Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library is designa...

TOKYO PREFECTURE

Hyokei-kan

Hyokei-kan
The Hyokei-kan is part of the Tokyo National Museum. This building is designated as an Important Cultural Property as a representative example of Western-style architecture of the late Meiji...

Kuro-mon

Kuro-mon
Kuro-mon (Black Gate) was the front gate of Inshu Ikeda's Residence in Edo (Tokyo). Ikeda was the daimyo lord of Inaba province (part of Tottori prefecture). Originally located in the Maruno...

National Museum of Nature and Science

National Museum of Nature and Science
National Museum of Nature and Science recently re-opened in a new building, focuses on the living world, with life-sized representations of practically every life form the earth has ever see...

Sogakudo Concert Hall

Sogakudo Concert Hall
Sogakudo Concert Hall was constructed in 1890 making it the oldest western style concert hall in Japan and a designated Important Cultural Property. Sogakudo Concert Hall was formerly owned ...

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum, frequently referred to as TNM, is the top museum in Japan and exhibits fine Japanese artefacts including pre-historical ones, plus other artefacts from Asia. The colle...

WAKAYAMA PREFECTURE

Kongobuji Temple
Kongobuji Temple is famous for its rock garden, which is Japan's largest covering 2340 square metres. This garden and those surrounding the temple are particularly famous for their orange an...

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