All World Heritage in Kyoto

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.

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    Kinkakuji

    Kinkakuji is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto and probably Japan. Also known as the Golden Pavilion, it is literally covered in gold leaf and is surrounded by beautiful Japanese gardens. Kinkakuji is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site forming part of read more

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    Toji Temple

    Toji Temple is famous for its five story pagoda which is the tallest wooden tower in Japan. Toji Temple features an extensive garden and several buildings which are National Treasures. Toji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji read more

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    Ryoanji Temple

    Ryoanji Temple features one of the most notable examples of the dry-landscape or zen style Japanese gardens. Ryoanji Temple is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)” listing. The Ryoanji Temple read more

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    Nijo Castle

    Nijo Castle in the heart of Kyoto includes Ninomaru Palace and several beautiful Japanese gardens. Nijo Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)” listing. In 1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun, ordered the construction of the read more

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    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple 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, being particularly popular in cherry blossom season when the main hall is surrounded by a carpet of blossom. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage read more

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    Tenryuji Temple

    Tenryuji Temple possesses many Important Cultural Properties and features an extensive garden which is particularly beautiful in cherry blossom season and is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Tenryuji Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji read more

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    Ginkakuji Temple – Silver Pavilion

    Gіnkаkuјі, аlsо knоwn аs Јіshојі, іs а Rіnzаі Ζеn tеmрlе іn nоrth-еаst Κуоtо. Gіnkаkuјі Теmрlе іs реrhарs thе ріnnасlе оf thе kіnd оf Јараnеsе аеsthеtіс knоwn аs wаbі sаbі, tуріfіеd bу rеstrаіnt, еlеgаnсе аnd а sеnsе оf trаnsіеnсе. Ginkakuji is a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty and is a read more

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    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 Kokedera (Moss Temple) requires an application in advance. Saihoji Temple, in Kyoto, is designated as a Special Place of read more

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    Byodoin Temple

    Byodoin Temple is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Buddhist temple which appears on the 10 Yen coin. The picturesque Byodoin Temple is in tea making area of Uji near Kyoto. Though the Tale of Genji—also called Genji Monogatari—is one of the first romantic fictions published, the location where the story was read more

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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