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UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Japan

There are over 70 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan from the 20 UNESCO World Heritage Listings. These UNESCO World Heritage sites include both cultural and natural listings. Many of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Listings are made up of multiple sites, such as the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) listing which consists of seventeen individual cultural sites.

Some of the most well known UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan include Mount Fuji, the famous temples of Kyoto, the historic sites of Nara and Himeji Castle.

  • Kanjizaio-in Temple

    Kanjizaio-in Temple is the site of a Buddhist temple in Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. Kanjizaio-in Temple was directly across the Frontier Way from the Enryuji and Kashoji temples (now within the Motsuji Temple complex). Kanjizaio-in Temple also included a Jodo (pure land) Japanese Garden. Kanjizaio-in Temple was destroyed by fire in Read more [...]

  • 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. Konjiki-do is a wooden building covered with gold leaf and mother of peral, which contains the mummified remains of the Northern Read more [...]

  • Yakushima

    Yakushima is a ancient forest with some 2100 year old Japanese cedar trees and an extensive range of flora with some 1,900 species and subspecies. Yakushima is on Yaku Island off the coast of Kyushu. Yakushima is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the “Yakushima” listing.

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    Ujigami Shrine

    Ujigami jinja Shrine was originally built as a guardian shrine for the nearby Byodo-in Temple. Ujigami jinja Shrine, in Uji, Kyoto, is believed to be the oldest shrine building in Japan, dating back to the 14th century. Ujigami jinja Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of Read more [...]

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    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 Temple, in Kyoto, features a five storied pagoda and a treasure house which contains many National Read more [...]

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    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 National Treasures including buildings, pictures and scrolls. Kozanji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part Read more [...]

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    Kamigamo Shrine

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

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    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 Properties. The Nishi Honganji Temple features a Japanese garden which is designated as Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO Read more [...]

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    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 designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the ‘Historic Read more [...]

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    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 Site and forms part of the 3Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Read more [...]