Kyoto is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Kyoto one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Kyoto is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Kyoto or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Kyoto. Explore the historical monuments of Kyoto with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Kyoto guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Kyoto page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Kyoto landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Kyoto.
#1 of 25 Historical Places in Kyoto | Added 102038 times in trip plans
68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Japan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Fushimi Inari-Taisha is an important Shinto shrine situated in southern Kyoto. It is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. A unique thing about this shrine is the thousands of vermillion coloured gateways. A lot of small shrines and stone monuments are spread across the shr...
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541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8301, Japan
08:45 am - 05:00 pm
The Nijo Castle was constructed in 1603 as the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu (the first shogun of the Edo Period). The Castle is divided into three areas- the Honmaru (main circle of defence), the Ninomaru (secondary circle of defence) and the gardens that surround the Honmaru and Ninomaru. The architecturally gorgeous Ninomaru Palace has beautiful ...
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657 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0941, Japan
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
More famous for its 1001 figures of Kannon, The Sanjusangen-do Temple was originally built by Taira no Kiyamori for retired emperor Go-Shirakawa in the year 1164. The temple features a huge hall where the statues of the Kannon are placed. These were carved in the 12th and 13th centuries. The temple is a designated National Treasure and is situated ...
The spacious Heian-jingu was founded in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of establishing Kyoto as the capital of Japan. This Shinto shrine was originally dedicated to the 50th Emperor of Kyoto, Emperor Kanmu, who had founded Kyoto as the capital of Japan in the year 794. Later, the shrine was also dedicated to the 121st Emperor Komei, who...
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59 Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-0807, Japan
05:30 am - 06:00 pm
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest and most important shrines in Kyoto. Located within the Tadasu no Mori forest and situated on the southern banks of the Kamo River, this temple and shrine is probably older than the city itself. The main deity of the shrine is Kamotaketsunomi-no-mikoto who is considered to be t...
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Horikawa through florist cho Shitaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8358, Japan
05:30 am - 06:00 pm
The head temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect, the charming Nishi Honganji was built in the year 1591 and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The two main structures of the temple complex- Amidado Hall and Goeido Hall are dedicated to Amida Buddha and the founder of the sect, Shinran, respectively. Some of the architectural structures at the tem...
The Kyoto Imperial Palace used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until the year 1868 after which the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. After being burnt down and moved around a lot over the decades, the current Imperial Palace was reconstructed in 1855. Rich in tradition, the Kyoto Imperi...
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116 Ujirenge Uji-shi, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0021 Japan
08:30 am - 05:30 pm
The Byodoin temple is one of 17 World Cultural Heritage sites in Kyoto. Having beautiful and intricate architecture, it is a classic example of Japanese Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture. In accordance to this type of architecture, the temple complex consists of the Amida-do (Ho'o-do) hall and a pond. The Amida-do houses a figure of Amida-Nyor...
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349-18 Masuyacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0826, Japan
To soak up Kyoto’s culture and atmosphere and to bask in its glory, head over to the charming streets of Sannen zaka and Ninen zaka. Gently sloping, these streets are a vehicle free zone and thus pedestrians can take leisurely strolls along the Sannen zaka and Ninen zaka streets which are lined with restored traditional storehouses, tea house...
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Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Situated in the hilly region of north Kyoto, the rural town of Kurama is a revelation! Away from the city’s hustle bustle, Kurama is surrounded by forested mountains. The main attractions in and around the town are the Kurama-dera Mountain temple, the Yuki-jinja Shrine (small Shinto shrine halfway up Mt. Kurama) and the Kurama Onsen (hot spri...
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527 Chayacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0931, Japan
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
One of Japan’s oldest museums, the Kyoto National Museum is spread across several buildings, the most famous being the Main Hall which is a beautiful example of Meiji architecture. Opened in the year 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto, this museum is one of the top four museums in the country and for good reason. On display are objects and ...
The sloping street that leads to the Kiyomizu Temple is called the Kiyomizu- Zaka Street. If you have got souvenir shopping on your mind, this is the best place to head over to for buying authentic Japanese gifts for your loved ones back home. Lined with eateries and gift shops, this street is often left unexplored due to the fact that people hurry...
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56 Matsuojingatanicho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 615-8286, Japan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A UNESCO World Heritage, the Saihoji Temple is famous all across Japan for its beautiful moss garden. Having approximately 120 varieties of moss, no wonder the temple is also known as Kokedera which translates to ‘Moss Temple’. A reservation in the form of a letter sent to the temple authorities needs to be made to visit the temple. But...
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3 Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, 602-0881
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A huge public garden situated in the heart of the city, the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden is roughly 1.3 kilometres in length and 0.7 kilometres in breadth. During the Edo period, this area used to be the Court Nobles’ Residential Area. Thus, even today you will find some historic architectural structures within the garden, including the Kyoto ...
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388 Yasaka Kamimachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0827, Japan
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Believed to be dating back to the 15th century, the Yasakanoto Pagoda is a unique place to visit in Kyoto. Having survived wars, fires and earthquakes, the pagoda stands tall amidst the ruins of the nearby temples. The entire area will also double up as a beautiful backdrop to your Kyoto photographs. If you love to off the beaten path attractions, you should visit the Yasakanoto.