Top Historical Places in Kyoto, Japan

Historical Places in Kyoto - Witness the History of Kyoto

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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    List of Top Historical Monuments and Landmarks in Kyoto

    Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Kyoto.

  • Fushimi Inari-taisha

    #1 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto
    Fushimi Inari-taisha

    Tags: Religious Site, Outdoors, Trail, Historical Site

    Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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...Read more

  • Nijo Castle

    #2 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto
    Nijo Castle

    Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Architecture

    Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8301, Japan

    Timings: 08:45 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 Nino...Read more

  • Sanjusangen-do

    #3 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Statue

    Address: 657 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0941, Japan

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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...Read more

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace

    #4 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto
    Kyoto Imperial Palace

    Tags: Historical Site, Palace

    Address: 3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 bei...Read more

  • Byodoin Temple

    #5 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto
    Byodoin Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Museum, Historical Site

    Address: 116 Ujirenge Uji-shi, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0021 Japan

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    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 acco...Read more

  • Heian Shrine

    #6 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto
    Heian Shrine

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Tourist Center

    Address: Nishi Ten-o-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341

    Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 Kyo...Read more

  • Ninenzaka

    #7 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto

    Tags: Streets

    Address: 349-18 Masuyacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0826, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 thu...Read more

  • Shimogamo Shrine

    #8 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto
    Shimogamo Shrine

    Tags: Religious Site, Unesco Site

    Address: 59 Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-0807, Japan

    Timings: 05:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 Riv...Read more

  • Nishi Honganji

    #9 of 25 Historical Things To Do in Kyoto
    Nishi Honganji

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Unesco Site

    Address: Horikawa through florist cho Shitaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8358, Japan

    Timings: 05:30 am - 06:00 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

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