KANSAI WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Kansai has more UNESCO World Heritage Listings and Sites than any other region in Japan. Kansai features five World Heritage Listings.

Kansai World Heritage Sites are so numerous for several reasons:
Several former capitals of Japan are in Kansai including Kyoto and Nara.
Allied forces didn't bomb some of these important cultural cities during World War II.

Kansai World Heritage Site Kinkaku-ji - Golden Pavilion

Kansai World Heritage Site Kinkaku-ji - Golden Pavilion

KANSAI WORLD HERITAGE SITES

TEMPLES

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...

Enryakuji Temple

Enryakuji Temple
Enryakuji Temple is a Buddhist temple, which was established in 788 on Mt Hiei, where it looks over Kyoto. Enryakuji Temple expanded over the years to become a large temple complex and is a ...

Fudarakusanji Temple
Fudarakusanji Temple is Buddhist temple from the Tendai sect, in the Higashimuro District of Wakayama Prefecture. Fudarakusanji Temple features a venerated thousand armed kannon. Fudarakusan...

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...

Ginkakuji Temple - Silver Pavilion

Ginkakuji Temple - Silver Pavilion
Ginkaku-ji - Silver Pavilion is a Buddhist temple, that was built in the style of the Golden Pavilion, but was never completed with a matching cover of silver. Ginkaku-ji features some of th...

LANDMARKS

Heijo Palace

Heijo Palace
Heijo Palace was the former Imperial Palace during the Nara Period, when Nara was the capital of Japan. Today little remains above the ground of the original buildings and there is now a rec...

CASTLES

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle is the best example of a Japanese castle as it has never been destroyed or even damaged in war. Himeji Castle was completed in 1609, but a fort existed on the site as early as ...

TEMPLES

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 ...

Honganji Temple

Honganji Temple
Honganji Temple is actually two Buddhist temples two hundred metres apart in Kyoto, which were until recently the one temple. Both feature large halls which are designated Important Cultural...

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...

Jisonin Temple
Jisonin Temple is a Buddhist temple in Ito District of Wakayama Prefecture. Jisonin Temple is at the beginning of the pilgrimage route to Koyasan. Jisonin Temple complex is a UNESCO World He...

SHRINES

Kamigamo Shrine

Kamigamo Shrine
Kamigamo Shrine part of a pair of shrines in Kyoto. The other part of the pair is Shimogamo Shrine. Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site ...

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Kasuga Taisha Shrine is the head shrine for around 3,000 Kasuga Shrines throughout Japan and is within Nara Park, Nara. Kasuga Taisha Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of...

GARDENS and PARKS

Kasugayama Primeval Forest
Kasugayama Primeval Forest is on the hills to the east of Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Listing of "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara"....

SHRINES

Kimpu Shrine
Kimpu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in the Yoshino District of Nara Prefecture. Kimpu Shrine was established in the 10th century. Kimpu Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of t...

TEMPLES

Kimpusenji Temple
Kimpusenji Temple is a Buddhist temple, and is the head temple for the Shugendo Buddhist sect in the Yoshino District of Nara Prefecture. Kimpusenji Temple is believed to have been establish...

Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion
Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto and probably Japan. Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) is literally covered in gold leaf and is surround by beautiful Japanese ga...

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is notable for its vast veranda, that offers impressive views of the Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the best known sights of Kyoto, be...

Kofukuji Temple

Kofukuji Temple
Kofukuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Nara. Kofukuji Temple is a large temple complex featuring two pagodas plus many National Tresures and Important Cultural Properties. Kofukuji Temple i...

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...

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...

SHRINES

Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Shingu on coast line of Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture. Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine is part of the three Kumano Shrines which are ...

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Tanabe on coast line of Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture. Kumano Hongu Taisha enshrines Kumano Gongen. Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine is part...

Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine is a Shinto Shrine along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route in Nachikatuura Wakayama Prefecture. Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine is part of the three Kumano Shrines. Kuma...

LAKES and BAYS

Nachi Falls
Nachi Falls are one of the most famous water falls in Japan and with a drop of 133m they are one of the tallest (Hannoki Falls is 497m). Nachi Falls are in Nachikatuura Wakayama Prefecture.N...

CASTLES

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle in Kyoto includes Nimomaru Palace and the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several beautiful Japanese gardens. Nijo Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Si...

TEMPLES

Ninnaji Temple

Ninnaji Temple
Ninnaji Temple is a Buddhist temple, that is the head temple of the Omuro School of the Shingon sect Buddhism, which was founded on the orders of Emperor Koko and completed in 888. Ninnaji T...

SHRINES

Niukanshofu Shrine
Niukanshofu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine first established in 816 and in Ito District of Wakayama Prefecture. Niukanshofu Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Sacred Si...

Niutsuhime Shrine
Niutsuhime Shrine is a Shinto Shrine also known as Nibutsuhime Shrine, in Ito District of Wakayama Prefecture. Niutsuhime Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the "Sacr...

TEMPLES

Ominesanji Temple
Ominesanji Temple is an important Buddhist temple for the Shugendo Buddhist sect. Ominesanji Temple is on the top of Mount Omine in the Yoshino District of Nara Prefecture. Ominesanji Temple...

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple
Ryoanji Temple is a Buddhist temple, that houses a Japanese gardens which is considered to be one of the most notable examples of the "dry-landscape" style. This garden, which is the quintes...

Saihoji Temple

Saihoji Temple
Saihoji Temple is Buddhist temple from the Rinzai Zen sect which is famous for its moss garden, which probably the best in Japan. Unfortunately access to Saihoji Temple, also known as Kokede...

Seigantoji Temple
Seigantoji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Higashimuro District Wakayama Prefecture. Seigantoji Temple was built near Nachi Falls which was an ancient site of worship. Seigantoji Templ...

SHRINES

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine
Shimogamo Shrine is part of a pair of shrines in Kyoto. The other part of the pair isKamigamo Shrine. Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and is a UNESCO World Heritage Si...

TEMPLES

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple
Tenryuji Temple is the head temple of the Tenryu sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism and the most important Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Tenryuji Temple possesses many Important Cultural Properties...

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...

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...

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 ...

SHRINES

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...

TEMPLES

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...

SHRINES

Yoshimizu Shrine
Yoshimizu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine on the top of Mount Yoshino in the Yoshino District of Nara Prefecture. Yoshimizu Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Go-Daigo and samurai Kusunoki Masashige. ...

Yoshino Mikumari Shrine
Yoshino Mikumari Shrine is a Shinto Shrine on the top of Mount Yoshino in the Yoshino District of Nara Prefecture. Yoshino Mikumari Shrine was established around 806AD and dedicated to mikum...

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