First built in the year 794, Kyoto was the capital of Japan up until the mid-19th century. Kyoto is a city of outstanding wooden architecture and is a center for religious activity. Beautiful Japanese gardens are found throughout this city, many of which had an impact on gardens in other parts of the world.

There are 17 historic monuments in Kyoto, most of which are religious buildings. Monks are seen everywhere, strolling through Zen gardens and meditating on floors with burning incense nearby.

All kinds of specialty shops that have been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years can be found, from tea merchants to tofu sellers.

WHY SPECIAL

17 sites in this World Heritage

  • Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja (Kamigamo shrine)
  • Kamomioya-jinja (Shimogamo Shrine)
  • Kyo-o-gokoku-ji (To-ji)
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Enryaku-ji
  • Daigo-ji
  • Ninna-ji
  • Byodo-in
  • Ujigami-jinja
  • Kozan-ji
  • Saiho-ji
  • Tenryu-ji
  • Rokuon-ji
  • Jisho-ji
  • Ryoan-ji
  • Hongan-ji
  • Nijo-jo

Kamowakeikazuchi-jinja (Kamigamo shrine)

Kamomioya-jinja (Shimogamo Shrine)

Kyo-o-gokoku-ji (To-ji)

Kiyomizu-dera

Enryaku-ji

Ujigami-jinja

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