I templi

A Kyoto i templi buddisti e shintoisti si contano a migliaia. L’Enryaku-ji e il To-ji sono i due più prominenti esempi di tradizione buddista esoterica, mentre il Nanzen-ji, il Shokoku-ji, il Tenryu-ji e i padiglioni d’oro e d’argento - rispettivamente Kinkakuji e Ginkakuji – sono i cinque grandi templi dello Zen buddista. Come i templi buddisti anche quelli shintoisti sono luoghi di preghiera. La religione Shinto venera i milioni di dei che afferma si trovino ovunque intorno a noi. Tra i più importanti templi shintoisti di Kyoto si ricordano il Kamigamo e lo Shimogamo, dedicati agli dei dell’acqua, mentre lo Yasaka venera il dio della prosperità e della salute.
Inoltre, vi preghiamo di notare che non è consentito fumare in alcuna parte dell’area dei templi e delle cappelle.

Patrimonio mondiale dell’umanità

I siti classificati dall’UNESCO come patrimonio mondiale dell’umanità sono definiti “capolavori della creatività del genio umano” e come tali sono considerati di “eccezionale valore universale”. È da oltre trentacinque anni che l’UNESCO, il comitato delle Nazioni Unite che si occupa dell'istruzione e della cultura nel mondo, nomina, cataloga e preserva i tesori della natura e dell’uomo. Il castello Nijo-jo e i sedici templi qui oltre riportati, ad esempio, fanno parte del patrimonio UNESCO dal 1994. La varietà, l’estensione storica e il numero di siti di Kyoto riconosciuti come patrimonio mondiale dell’umanità sono senza pari in Giappone.

Nord

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.

Oriente

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.”

Occidente

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.

Centrale

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.

Sud

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).

Altro

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.