SPECIAL PLACES OF SCENIC BEAUTY

Special Places of Scenic Beauty in Japan are designated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology under the Protection of Cultural Properties Act. Special Places of Scenic Beauty include vistas, parks, gardens, bridges, rocks, caves and flowering trees.

Special Places of Scenic Beauty include many of the World Heritage Site, but they don't include Japanese Imperial properties as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology does not have jurisdiction over Imperial properties. At the moment this list isn't complete.

Mt Fuji Special Places of Scenic Beauty

Mt Fuji Special Places of Scenic Beauty

Fukui Prefecture

Ichijodani Asakura Family Gardens
Ichijodani Asakura Family Gardens are four Japanese gardens (Suwa Yakata-ato, Asakura Yakata-ato, Yudono-ato, and Nanyoji-ato) within the site of the Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins...

Hiroshima Prefecture

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...

Ishikawa Prefecture

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden is by far the most famous part of Kanazawa. Kenrokuen is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, maybe the best one of all as it is also designated as a Special Place of Sc...

Iwate Prefecture

Motsuji Temple
Motsuji Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. Motsuji Temple complex includes a Jodo (pure land) Japanese garden that contains the ruins of two much older temples...

Kagawa Prefecture

Ritsurin Garden

Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden is a famous, historic and beautiful Japanese garden which is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Ritsurin Garden is one of the main attractions in the city of Tak...

Kyoto Prefecture

Amanohashidate Scenic Area
Amanohashidate (Bridge to Heaven) Scenic Area is one of the Three Views of Japan. Amanohashidate, in the far north of Kyoto Prefecture, is a naturally formed sand bridge in Miyazu Bay which...

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...

Daisenin Temple

Daisenin Temple
Daisenin Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is a sub temple of Daitokuji Temple and is within the same compound in Kyoto. Daisenin Temple is famous for its rock garden, which is a designated...

Daitokuji Temple

Daitokuji Temple
Daitokuji Temple is a large temple complex with 22 sub-temples including some with famous Japanese gardens. Daitokuji Temple is well known and recognised for its beauty and is a designated S...

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...

Hokongo-in Temple

Hokongo-in Temple
Hokongo-in Temple is a Buddhist temple, which was established in Hanazono, Kyoto in 1130. The current buildings were rebuilt in 1617. Hokongo-in Temple features a waterfall within its ground...

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...

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...

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...

Konchi In Temple

Konchi In Temple
Konchi In Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is a sub temple of Nanzenji Temple. Konchi In Temple is famous for its Tsurukame Garden which has an extensive dry landscape style Japanese garde...

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...

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...

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...

Miyagi Prefecture

Matsushima

Matsushima
Matsushima is famous for featuring what is considered to be one of the Three Most Scenic Views of Japan. Matsushima is a coastal area which looks out onto Matsushima Bay which is filled with...

Nara Prefecture

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...

Okayama Prefecture

Korakuen Garden

Korakuen Garden
Korakuen Garden is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, and is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Korakuen Garden is next to Okayama Castle, Okayama....

Okinawa Prefecture

Shikinaen Garden

Shikinaen Garden
Shikinaen Garden was part of the Shuri Castle complex, however today the grounds of Shuri Castle have been reduced, leaving the Shikinaen Garden 1.5km from the center of Shuri Castle. Shikin...

Shizuoka Prefecture

Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji
Mt Fuji, one of the main icons of Japan. Mt Fuji is a near symmectrical volcanic cone and Japan's tallest mountain at 3776 metres. Mt Fuji has been spiritually important for both Buddhist an...

Tokyo Prefecture

Hamarikyu Gardens

Hamarikyu Gardens
Hamarikyu Gardens is a landscaped garden around the central Shioiri Pond and is a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Hamarikyu Gardens features cherry blossom in spring time and Autu...

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is a beautiful historic Japanese garden close to Tokyo University, who now owns the park, in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo. Yorifusa Mito, a Daimyo, started constructio...

Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden
Rikugien Garden is a beautiful traditional Japanese garden established in 1702 (Edo Period) along with the villa for Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, which features the six elements from Japanese trad...

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