World Heritage Sites in Japan

World Heritage Sites in Japan2018-07-18T13:46:49+00:00

World Heritage sites are designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), whose aim is to promote the preservation and growth of the world’s intellectual and cultural property. Japan currently has 19 World Heritage sites and most are very accessible for budget travellers.

Honganji Temples

The Honganji temples, consisting of Nishi Honganji (west temple) and Higashi Honganji (east temple), are large Buddist complexes walking distance from Kyoto [...]

Toji Temple

Toji Temple (東寺) is one of the two 'guardian temples' that was built when Japan's capital was moved from Nara to Kyoto. Toji [...]

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple (龍安寺), meaning The Temple of the Dragon at Peace, is a World Heritage listed "dry landscape" garden and temple. It [...]

Koyasan

Koyasan will really take your breath away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a town of Buddhist temples in the mountains south of [...]

Kamigamo Shrine

Kamigamo Shrine (上賀茂神社), twinned with Shimogamo Shrine to the south, is an important Shinto shrine in northern Kyoto. Designated a [...]

Yakushima

Yakushima (屋久島) is a World Heritage listed subtropical island in southern Kyushu. It is usually accessed from Kagoshima and is [...]

Nara

Nara iorr a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of great shrines and temples, not far from Kyoto and Osaka.  A must-visit for [...]

Mount Fuji

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the view from the top of Mount Fuji has to be seen to be [...]

Miyajima

Miyajima is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site near Osaka and Hiroshima.  It's often near the top of the list for most travelers, and offers [...]

Hiraizumi

While Japan's other World Heritage sites get more attention, Hiraizumi (平泉) is the one to see if you want to [...]

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社), linked to the northern Kamimono Shrine, is part of the world heritage sites in Kyoto. It is [...]

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple (天龍寺) is ranked as one of Kyoto's top temples and a World Heritage site. The large, but fun to navigate complex houses [...]

Hiroshima

Hiroshima (広島) can be an extremely emotional, sad place, but it's one that must be visited.  During World War 2 [...]

Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go (白川郷) and nearby Gokayama (五箇山) are secluded World Heritage villages known for their vernacular farmhouse-style houses called Gassho-Zukuri. These unique buildings [...]

Shurijo Castle

Shurijo Castle Park (首里城公園) is a world heritage listed national park and castle near Naha city center. With spectalar views [...]

Kiyomizudera Temple

One of the most celebrated Buddhist temples in Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  There is plenty to see, [...]

Nikko

One of Japan's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Nikko is a great way to spend a few days away from [...]

Daigoji Temple

Daigoji Temple (醍醐寺) is a picturesque Buddhist temple in south Kyoto. While a bit run down in places, the main [...]

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple, AKA Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is something you really have to see with your own eyes.  The beautiful [...]

Shikina-en Garden

Shikina-en Garden (識名園), another unique World Heritage site in Okinawa, is a stunning garden containing the old villa of the [...]

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji (Temple of Shining Mercy) is a stunning Zen Buddhist temple and a highlight of any trip to Kyoto. The traditional [...]

Nijo Castle

Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Nijo castle is another must see in Kyoto.  The free Japanese garden is nice to [...]

Himeji

Himeji is most famous for it's castle, which became a World Heritage Site in 1995.  It's a great place to [...]

Uji

Uji (宇治) is a popular tourist spot known for it's many centuries old shrines and temples, 2 of which are [...]

Ninna-ji Temple

Ninna-ji Temple (仁和寺) is yet another awesome World Heritage listed temple in Kyoto. The temple was founded in 888 by the reigning [...]