There are many sightseeing spots in Kyoto, but I would like you to go to a World Heritage Site. There are 17 of them in all. There are many buildings designated as National Treasures and many designated as Important Cultural Properties. If your children are interested, it would be fun to study Japanese history together.
What is Kyoto’s World Heritage?
There are 17 World Heritage sites in the historic city of Kyoto. Of course, each building is historical and each one has its own characteristics. You can learn history while enjoying the majestic atmosphere. Check the websites and articles for more details.
Information on Kyoto World Heritage Sites
It is the oldest shrine in Kyoto and has a large site full of greenery. The shrine is a historic one with two buildings designated as National Treasures, 34 as Important Cultural Properties, and the grounds have been designated as a historic site.
See here for more information about Kamigamo Shrine.
31 buildings are designated as Important Cultural Properties and 2 buildings are designated as National Treasures. The Tadasu no Mori, located on the grounds, is a valuable forest that remains in the city and is a place for Kyoto citizens to relax. Recommended as a place for children to explore.
See here for more information about Shimogamo Shrine.
The symbolic five-storied pagoda of Kyoto is designated as a National Treasure. It is Japan’s tallest wooden tower with a height of 55 meters, and can be seen from Kyoto Station. The view of the pagoda from among the buildings around Kyoto Station is quite beautiful.
See here for more information about Toji Temple.
The main hall, with its beautiful appearance against the backdrop of the beauty of spring cherry blossoms, autumn maple, and the four seasons, is designated as a National Treasure. The view of Kyoto from Kiyomizu Temple is awesome because it protrudes over the cliff.
Enryaku- ji Temple
A temple that produced many high priests as a base for Tendai esotericism. Even today, the solemn atmosphere remains as a training dojo. A historic place with 10 National Treasures and more than 50 Important Cultural Properties within the grounds.
Daigo-ji Temple has an annual event on February 23, nicknamed Godairiki (the Five Great Powers). On this day, people lift a large mochi (sticky rice cake), and pray for good health. Men lift 150 kg and women 90 kg and they compete for lifting time.
Temple that appears in many classics such as “Tsurezure-Kusa” and “Hojoki”, which are considered to be two of the three major writings in Japan. There is a famous short cherry blossom “Omuro Sakura” on the temple grounds.
The Phoenix Hall, which you can see on a Japanese 10-yen coin, is famous. On the roof is a phoenix, a legendary bird in Chinese mythology.
The main shrine is said to be the oldest shrine in Japan. The main shrine is made of wood harvested during the late Heian period (late 11th century to late 12th century).
It is known as a famous spot for autumn leaves. This temple is also famous for its many valuable arts and crafts.
Also known as Koke-dera (moss temple). Approximately 120 types of moss cover the grounds, like a green carpet. The tea house in the garden is designated as an Important Cultural Property.
Located in Arashiyama, one of the tourist attractions of Kyoto. A garden with a view of Kameyama district of Arashiyama park in the background is famous. You can see the beauty of each season there.
The official name is Rokuon-ji Temple. The golden shari-den is famous all over the world. Actually, it was burned in the past, and what you can see now is a reconstructed one.
The official name is Jisho-ji Temple. A temple with a modest and noble impression that is often compared to Kinkaku-ji Temple. In the garden, white sand is raised in steps, so you can feel the beauty of Japan.
The Karesansui Garden (a garden that uses a combination of stones and terrain to express the meaning of landscape without using water) is famous. If you haven’t seen the Karesansui Garden yet, be sure to visit it.
There is an astounding main hall. The spacious grounds are also places for citizens to relax. There is a kindergarten and a university library on the grounds, so you may be able to see the children.
A castle surrounded by moats. Depending on the season, light-up events and projection mapping are carried out, ways the castle can only be enjoyed in these modern times. You can rent an audio guide in English.
If you want children to learn while having fun, we recommend Kyoto’s World Heritage sites!
You can learn about Japan’s history by seeing Kyoto’s World Heritage sites. Not only can you learn some history, but you can also see the beauty of Japan. You can take a leisurely walk with your children on the large grounds of each site. Many spots are also places where Kyoto citizens go to relax.