Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

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Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) *
Shimogamo Jinja no Torii.jpg
A pair of torii gates at the Kamo Shrine
Country Japan
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 688
Region ** Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1994 (18th Session)

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.[1]

The site covers 17 locations in three cities — in Kyoto, in Uji (Kyoto Prefecture) and in Ōtsu (Shiga Prefecture). Three of these places are Shinto shrines and 13 are Buddhist temples. A castle is also included in the group.

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Kyoto was Japan's capital city from 794 until the late-19th century. Some of the city's historic structures show what life was like in the capital in those centuries.[1]

The World Heritage Site has 17 properties which were established between the 10th century and the 19th century. Each is representative of the period in which it was built.[2]

The several properties include 38 buildings which have been identified by the Japanese Government as "National Treasures". There are 160 properties which have been named as "Important Cultural Properties". There are 8 gardens which have been recognized as "Special Places of Scenic Beauty". There are 4 designated as "Places of Scenic Beauty".

In 1994, UNESCO listed parts of Kyoto as a World Heritage Site.[1]

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Name Image Location Notes
Kamigamo Shrine (上賀茂神社 Kamigamo Jinja?) or Kamo-wakeikazuchi Shrine (賀茂別雷神社 Kamo-Wakeikazuchi-jinja?)
or
Kamo-wakeikazuchi-jinja12n4272.jpg Kita-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社 Shimogamo Jinja?) or Kamo-mioya Shrine ( 賀茂御祖神社 Kamo-mioya-jinja?) Shimogamo Shrine gate 2973645 c325c328e4 o.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Sakyou-kuSakyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Kyōōgokoku-ji (教王護国寺?)
(Tō-ji (東寺?))
Japan 2006 - Kyoto - Toji Pagoda.JPG Kyoto Kyoto Minami-kuMinami-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺?) Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto-r.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Higashiyama-kuHigashiyama-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Enryaku-ji (延暦寺?) Enryakuji Konponchudo04n4272.jpg Shiga OotsuŌtsu, Shiga cultural site
Daigo-ji (醍醐寺?) Daigoji Kyoto01s5s4110.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Fushimi-kuFushimi-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Ninna-ji (仁和寺?) Ninnaji -garden.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Ukyou-kuUkyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Byōdō-in (平等院?) Byodoin Phoenix Hall Uji 2009.jpg Kyoto UjiUji, Kyoto cultural site
Ujigami Shrine (宇治上神社 Ujigami Jinja?) Ujigami jinja01 2816.jpg Kyoto UjiUji, Kyoto cultural site
Kōzan-ji (高山寺?) Kozanji Kyoto Kyoto11s5s4592.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Ukyou-kuUkyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Saihō-ji (西芳寺?) or Koke-dera (苔寺?) Saihouji-kokedera01.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Nishikyou-kuNishikyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Tenryū-ji (天龍寺?) Tenryu-Ji Garden.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Ukyou-kuUkyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Rokuon-ji (鹿苑寺?) or Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺?) Kinkakuji 2004-09-21.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Kita-kuKita-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Jishō-ji (慈照寺?) or Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺?) Ginkakuji Temple mars 2009 053.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Sakyou-kuSakyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Ryōan-ji (龍安寺?) RyoanJi-Dry garden.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Ukyou-kuUkyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Nishi Hongan-ji (西本願寺?) Hiunkaku Nishi Honganji.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Shimogyou-kuShimogyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site
Nijō Castle (二条城 Nijō-jō?) Nijo-jo Ninomaru-goten 2009.jpg Kyoto Kyoto Nakagyou-kuNakagyō-ku, Kyoto cultural site

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Media related to Kyoto at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°58′50″N 135°46′10″E / 34.98056°N 135.76944°E / 34.98056; 135.76944

This article is about a World Heritage Site