World Heritage in Kyoto

Ginkakuji (Higashiyama Jisho-ji)

The Appeal of the Ginkakuji Beyond the main gate of Ginkakuji, proceeding further inside is the Kannon-den, also called the Silver Pavilion. This has...

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle – a World Heritage site Nijo Castle was constructed in 1603 as the Kyoto lodging place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who had secured victory...

Ninna-ji Temple

Enjoy the National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Ninna-ji Temple There are many National Treasures and Important Cultural Propertie...

Tenryu-ji Temple

The beauty of a Japanese painting Founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339, Arashiyama, Togetsukyo Bridge and Kameyama Park among other places were within...

Shimogamo Shrine

A solemn holy ground evoking a long history The World Heritage site of Shimogamo Shrine (Kamo-mioya Shrine) is located in the triangular zone bracke...

Byodoin Temple

Aristocrat’s second house turned into a temple Byodoin temple was established in 1052 when an aristocrat named Yorimichi Fujiwara decided to t...

Saiho-ji Temple (Koke-dera)

Koke-dera, a World Heritage site Reportedly founded by the Buddhist priest Gyouki in the 700s, the temple was destroyed by war and floods after whic...

Toji (Kyo-o-gokokuji)

Forever the landmark of Kyoto It is believed that Toji was built when Emperor Kanmu relocated to the ancient capital (the present day Kyoto, then ca...

Daigo-ji Temple

Devastated by fire and war only to be rebuilt by Hideyoshi Toyotomi In 874, Shobo, a disciple of a disciple of the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kuka...

The Kamo Shrines

What are the Kamo Shrines? Both Kamigamo and Shimogamo Shrines deify the gods of the Kamo Clan, and together they are called the Kamo Shrines. As we...