Tempel & Schreine

Es gibt buchstäblich tausende buddhistische Tempel und shintoistische Schreine in Kyoto. Die Tempel Enryaku-ji and Tō-ji sind zwei der bekanntesten Beispiele aus der esoterischen buddhistischen Tradition, während Nanzen-ji, Shōkoku-ji, Tenryū-ji sowie der Goldene und der Silberne Pavillon (Kinkakuji und Ginkakuji) die fünf bedeutendsten Tempel des Zen-Buddhismus in Kyoto sind. Wie buddhistische Tempel sind auch shintoistische Schreine religiöse Stätten. Im Shintoismus werden Millionen von Göttern verehrt, die überall zu finden sind. Die wichtigsten shintoistischen Schreine in Kyoto sind Kamigamo-jinja und Shimogamo-jinja, an denen Wassergötter verehrt werden, sowie der Yasaka-jinja, in dem der Gott des Wohlstands und der Gesundheit verehrt wird.
Bitte beachten Sie auch, dass für den gesamten Bereich der Tempelanlagen und heiligen Stätten ein Rauchverbot gilt.

Weltkulturerbe

Die Stätten des UNESCO-Weltkulturerbes stellen Meisterwerke der menschlichen Schaffenskraft von außergewöhnlichem universellem Wert dar. Die Vielfalt, historische Tragweite und auch die reine Anzahl solcher UNESCO-Stätten in Kyoto ist ansonsten unerreicht in Japan. Die unten aufgelisteten sechzehn Tempel und die Burg Nijō wurden 1994 von der UNESCO ins Weltkulturerbe aufgenommen. Das Welterbekomitee der UNESCO, der Organisation der Vereinten Nationen für Erziehung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, hat macht es sich seit über dreißig Jahren zur Aufgabe, das natürliche und kulturelle Erbe der Menschheit zu sichten, zu katalogisieren und zu bewahren.

Norden

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.

Osten

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.”

Westen

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.

Zentral

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.

Süden

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).

Andere

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.