Kyoto's UNESCO world heritage sites

Kyoto's UNESCO world heritage sites

Kyoto's World Heritage Sites were inscripted in 1994 by UNESCO. They represent some of the best Kyoto attractions. There are 17 sites in Kyoto that together form the UNESCO World Heritage Listing known as the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)". UNESCO described the listing as:

Here, we present the full list, and discuss which are the most rewarding and interesting to visit.

Kyoto has one of the world’s largest collections of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. No trip to Kyoto would be complete without visiting some of them. The question is: Which sites should you visit during a short stay in the city? Of course, this is a highly subjective list, but it’s based on several (even dozens) of visits to each one. We take into account not only the site itself, but how crowded it tends to be and how hard it is to get there.

Note that just because a place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site does not mean it’s the best place in the city to visit. Some of Kyoto finest sites are not on the list, including Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple.