Introduction of sightseeing spots in Kansai
including five world heritage sites and seven superb views
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto
(Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)
A total of 17 temples, shrines and gardens are included in Kyoto’s World Heritage listing. From the exquisite golden pavilion at Kinkakuji Temple to the tranquility of the Zen garden at Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto is a treasure trove of ancient history.
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Nara was the ancient capital of Japan between 710 to 784 and is home to some of the must-see UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kansai, including Kofukuji Temple, Horyuji Temple and Todaiji Temple, home to the magnificent 15m high seated bronze Buddha.
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
The Kii Mountains have been a mecca for pilgrims since the Heian-era and include the three sacred mountains of Yoshino-Omine, in Nara Prefecture; Koyasan and Kumano in Wakayama Prefecture.
With a major restoration project completed in 2015, Himeji-jo Castle has been restored to its former, brilliant white glory. Also known as the White Egret Castle due to its passing resemblance to a bird taking flight, Himeji-jo Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Japan.
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji Temple Area
Horyuji Temple, founded in 607 by Prince Shotoku, is acknowledged as the oldest existing wooden structure in the world. Its numerous structures are registered as a World Heritage Site, including the 32m-high five-story pagoda, the main hall built from 28 massive wooden pillars and its central gate.