联合国教科文组织世界遗产被认为“代表了人类创造才能的杰作”，并具有“突出的普遍价值”。京都世界遗产的种类、历史跨度和数量之多在日本是首屈一指的。二条城和下方的 16 座寺庙及神社被联合国教科文组织于 1994 年选定为世界遗产。在过去的 35 年间，联合国教育科学及文化组织 (UNESCO) 世界遗产委员会一直力求提名、登记并保护人类的自然和人文宝藏。
The area of North Kyoto, also known as the old capital’s “Back Parlor,” is known for the mysterious aura that permeates its shrines and temples, and boasts one of the oldest shrines in all of Japan. Even though it is easily accessed from the main city, the mountains of North Kyoto are characteristically cool and refreshing all year round, making this area especially attractive to summertime visitors.
The Higashiyama area is one of the most “Kyoto-like” areas in Kyoto and is steeped in history. It is the home to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a World Heritage Site, as well as many famous landmarks and sights that attract visitors from across Japan and around the world.
This area begins at the colorful Heian-jingu Shrine and ends at the Metropolitan Museum. It includes sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and its Otowa-no-Taki, the “Sound of Feathers Waterfall.”
This area features the Golden Pavilion and Arashiyama, unquestionably the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto. It attracts both Japanese and tourists from overseas in droves.
This area focuses on the center of the city. It is ideal for those with limited time thanks to the efficient and convenient transportation system.
This area is located 20 to 30 minutes from the city center. It includes such prominent temples as Tofuku-ji Temple and Daigo-ji Temple and Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine (O-Inari-san).
These areas comprise a selection of sites other than those listed above, including a number of "don’t miss" World Heritage sites in the areas of Ohara, Takao, Matsuo, Uji and Ohara-no.
Ohara is located in northern Kyoto City, and is also known as “Ohara Village”. Millions of people visit Nanzen-ji and Jakko-in Temples in the Ohara area annually. Ohara receives much more snow than the Kyoto City proper and is breathtaking in any season. Takao is located about an hour west of Kyoto City. Kozan-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site, is a well-known stop for autumn tourists. Other temples in the area include Jingo-ji and Saimyo-ji Temples. Matsuo is a lush, green region located in western Kyoto near Arashiyama and Koke-dera Temple, a World Heritage Site. Uji lies south of Kyoto City, and is home to Byodo-in Temple, the temple on the back of the ten-yen coin. It is also home to some of Japan’s most famous green teas, including Uji tea. Oharano is located in lush southeastern Kyoto, and is famous for Kippo-ji, Shoji-ji, and Jurin-ji Temples.