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World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are said to "represent a masterpiece of human creative genius" and have "outstanding universal value." The variety, historical span and sheer number of World Heritage Sites in Kyoto is unrivaled in Japan. Nijo-jo Castle and the sixteen temples and shrines below were selected as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1994. For over thirty five years the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has sought to name, catalog, and preserve the natural and man-made treasures of humanity.

Nijo-jo Castle >

The gorgeous style of this castle was intended as a demonstration of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616)'s prestige.Nijo- more...

Nijo-jo Castle

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine >

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, also known as Kamomioya-jinja Shrine, is the family shrine of the Kamo clan, who inhabited this more...

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

Kamigamo-jinja Shrine >

This shrine, also named "Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja", is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, dating back to the 7th century more...

Kamigamo-jinja Shrine

Nishi-Hongwan-ji Temple >

Nishi-Hongwan-ji Temple is designed to impress. The finest example of Momoyama Period (1573-1603) architecture in Kyoto more...

Nishi-Hongwan-ji Temple

To-ji Temple >

The 5-story 57 meter high pagoda has long served as a city landmark and a center for spiritual and vibrant community li more...

To-ji Temple

Byodo-in Temple >

This temple was converted from a Fujiwara villa into a Buddhist temple in 1052. The "Phoenix Hall" (Houou-do), more pro more...

Byodo-in Temple

Kozan-ji Temple >

Kozan-ji Temple stands in a mountain forest. Towering cedar trees line the path to the temple and admit shafts of sunli more...

Kozan-ji Temple

Mt.Hiei-zan Enryaku-ji Temple >

Enraku-ji Temple is said to be one of the main spiritual centers of Japanese culture. An ancient monastery complex atop more...

Mt.Hiei-zan Enryaku-ji Temple

Saiho-ji Temple (Koke-dera Temple) >

Visiting Saiho-ji Temple is a unique experience which affords one the opportunity to view a garden of rare beauty in a more...

Saiho-ji Temple (Koke-dera Temple)

Ujigami-jinja Shrine >

Ujigami-jinja Shrine is a remnant of the distant past, the oldest extant shrine architecture in Japan. It is a qui more...

Ujigami-jinja Shrine

Daigo-ji Temple >

Daigo-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site, spreads across Daigo-san Mountain and is well-known as the "Temple of Flowers". more...

Daigo-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji Temple(The Silver Pavilion) >

Jisho-ji Temple is better known as Ginkaku-ji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion), a temple belonging to the Buddhist Shoko more...

Ginkaku-ji Temple(The Silver Pavilion)

Kiyomizu-dera Temple >

The expression "to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu" is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the pl more...

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion) >

The image of the temple richly adorned in gold leaf reflects beautifully in the water of Kyokochi, the mirror pond.It more...

Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion)

Ninna-ji Temple >

Ninna-ji Temple has it all - an exquisite five-story pagoda, a massive main gate, delightful landscape gardens (with p more...

Ninna-ji Temple

Ryoan-ji Temple >

It is Japan's most famous "hiraniwa" (flat garden void of hills or ponds) and reveals the stunning simplicity and harm more...

Ryoan-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple >

Tenyru-ji is a major temple of the Rinzai School. It was built in 1339 on the former site of Emperor Go-Daigo's villa a more...

Tenryu-ji Temple
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