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World Heritage Sites in Kyoto


The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO inscribed "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" on the World Heritage List in 1994. Seventeen sites from Kyoto-city and Uji-city in Kyoto Prefecture and Otsu-city in Shiga Prefecture are included, and most of them are temples and shrines in Kyoto-city. Below is a list of some of them.

Kiyomizudera Temple

It's one of the most well-known temples in Kyoto.
The most attractive feature of this temple is the large terrace of the main hall widely known as "kiyomizu-no-butai". It offers a great view of Kyoto-city.
Location: 1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: About 10 minute walk from Kyoto City Bus Kiyomizu-michi Stop

Toji Temple

This temple is usually called Kobo-san or Toji, but its official name is Kyouou-gokokuji. The main feature of this temple is the 55m (180 feet) high, five-story pagoda, which is known as the tallest wooden pagoda in Japan.
Location: 1 Kujo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto-city
Access: 5 minute walk from Kintetsu Toji Station

Nishi-honganji Temple

It's located near Kyoto Station. Many of the buildings and garden of the temple represent the Momoyama culture in late 16th century.
Location: Hanaya-cho Sagaru Horikawadori Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city
Access: 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station / Kyoto City Bus Nishi-Honganji-mae Stop.

Ginkakuji Temple

The official name of the temple is Jishoji. Its kannon hall is known as the Silver Pavilion (Ginkaku).
Location: 2 Ginkakuji-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city
Access: 5 minute walk from Kyoto City Bus Ginkakuji-mae Stop

Nijojo Castle

The main attraction is the Ninomaru Palace built in the Shinden-zukuri architectural style. It features gorgeous Kano-style paintings on the walls and sliding doors.
Location: 541 Nijojo-cho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: Subway Tozai Line Nijojo-mae Station

Kamigamo-jinja Shrine

This shrine is also called Kamowake-ikazuchi Jinja. It's one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto.
Location: 339 Kamigamo  Motoyama Kita-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: Kyoto City Bus Kamigamo-jinja-mae Stop

Shimogamo-jinja Shrine

This shrine is also called as Kamo-mioya Jinja. It's one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto and is known for its Aoi Matsuri festival.
Location: 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho Sakyo-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: Kyoto City Bus Shimogamo Jinja-mae Stop

Kinkakuji Temple

The official name of this temple is Rokuonji. The main feature is the Golden Pavilion(Kinkaku) which is built in three different architectural styles.
Location: 1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto-city
Access: Kyoto City Bus Kinkakuji-michi Stop

Ryoanji Temple

This temple is famous for its kare-sansui style Japanese garden known as rock garden.
Location: 13 Ryoanji-goyono-shita-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-city
Access: Kyoto City Bus Ryoanji-mae Stop

Tenryuji Temple

It's located in Saga Arashiyama area. The most attractive feature of the temple is its Chisen-kaiyu style Japanese garden. Location: 68 Saga-tenryuji-susukino-babacho Ukyo-ku Kyoto-city
Access: Keifuku Dentetsu Arashiyama Line Arashiyama Station / 13 minute walk from JR Sagano Line Saga Arashiyama Station / 15 minute walk from Hankyu Dentetsu Arashiyama Station

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