Best World Heritage Sites

Here're best World Heritage Sites. We released a ranking of reviews about World Heritage Sites posted by travel influencers who have actually been there.

Review Ranking

1

Shirakawago

20 Review

Address:Ogi-machi Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu

Access:10 min by car from Shirakawago IC. By bus, 50 min from Takayama Station.

Tel:05769-6-1311

Top Review:Amazing View Of A World Heritage Site From The Observatory

Shirakawa Village is a heavy snowfall area, but it snowed not so much for us to visit here this winter. And we can enjoy the snowy landscape as much as we want! It will snow more during February, so you're still in time to see this scenery.

2

Address:2301 Sannai, Nikko-shi, Tochigi

Tel:0288-54-0560

Hours:8:00-17:00,8:00-16:00

Top Review:World Heritage Including The Gorgeous Yōmei-mon Arch

The most famous thing in Nikko Toshogu Shrine is this Yōmei-mon Arch. It's resistered as a world heritage. This Yomeimon gate has an Edo period architectural style, crafts, sculptures, paintings, and all of the cultures of this age.  

3

Address:68 Honmachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo

Tel:079-285-1146

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:Stunning View Of A World Heritage! Pure White Himeji Castle Above The Cherry Blossoms

Himeji Castle is the first site registered as a world heritage in Japan. In spring, as many as 1000 trees of Somei Yoshino Cherry bloom around the castle. The purely white Himeji Castle and pale pink cherry blossoms make so beautiful collaboration!

4

Address:8-1 Minami-yamate-machi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki

Access:7 min walk from Oura Tenshu-dou Station. 10 min by car or taxi from Nagasaki Station. Nearby toll parking area is available.

Tel:095-822-8223

Hours:8:00-18:00

Top Review:Winter Event! A World Heritage Glover Garden's Illumination & The Night View Of Nagasaki

Glover Garden was registered as a world heritage in 2015. In Christmas season, it's lit up and has different atmosphere than usual! You can see the night Nagasaki city illumination.◎Parking area is available near here. But its better for you to go to Oura Tenshu-dou Shita Station, then walk to Glover Garden. I took these photos in 2012, it has become more gorgeous now for such as projection mapping.

5

Address:Gokayama, Nanto-shi, Toyama

Access:From Gokayama IC by car: 1 min - Suganuma Area. 15 min - Ainokura Area. From Johana Station by bus: 25 min - Ainokura-guchi, then 5 min walk to Ainokura Area. 40 min - Suganuma, then 1 min walk to Suganuma Area.

Tel:0763-66-2468

Top Review:World Heritage Gokayama, The Snow Scenery Of Gassho Zukuri Houses

Goyakama is an area of a world heritage with Shirakawago. Suganuma area and Ainokura area of Gokayama are smaller than Shirakawago, but there are full of the atmosphere of secret countryside with the mountains standing very close! You can see the peaceful country scene of gassho zukuri architectures (historical thatched steep roof).◎Suganuma and Ainokura both have parking lot. There're bus from JR Johana Sta. and Takaoka Sta. but you need to confirm the bus timetable. The illumination date changes every year, so check out the web beforehand.

6

Address:Carrer de Lepant, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Access:Soon, from Sagrada Familia Station

Top Review:Impressed By Tears! This Is World Heritage Site, You Definitely Want To See Before You Die

Sagrada Familia scheduled to be completed in 2026. The moment I entered the shrine while listening to the audio guide, I felt the history of Gaudi in the mysterious and magnificent space and the sophisticated atmosphere that was too beautiful, and tears overflowed. It is one of the World Heritage Sites where you can see the details of the world that cannot be conveyed in the photographs while feeling it with all five senses.

7

Address:68 Sagatenryu-ji Susukinobaba-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Tel:075-881-1235

Hours:8:30-17:30

Top Review:Good Fortune By Mame-maki & Walking Around The Seven Deities! Setsubun-kai At A World Heritage Site

Here is not an ordinary Setsubun-kai, people walk around the pagodas of Zen Buddhism and gather the charms of the Seven Deities. There're many people with 'good luck bamboo grass' in their hands at the precinct. The sponsors throw roasted beans (mame-maki) and say 'in with fortune' (huku wa uchi). Let's take in lots of good fortune!

8

Address:1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima

Access:Go to Miyajima-guchi Station of JR or Hiroden (streetcar), then walk to ferry terminal. There're two ferry terminals of Matsudai Kisen or JR, both of them go to Miyajima for 10 or 15 min. To Itsukushima Shrine, 10 min walk from Miyajima Port.

Tel:0829-44-2020

Hours:6:30-18:00

Top Review:A World Heritage, Itsukushima Shrine You Can See Also Wild Animals

Many wild deer live in Miyajima, and they sometimes appear around Itsukushima Shrine. Not only deer, you see some wild birds such as herons and ducks. But, be careful not to be robbed your bag by deer!◎Ferry is available from a port near Miyajima-guchi Station. Most parking areas are located around Miyajima-guchi Station. But in the seasons of cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, Miyajima would be very crowded.

9

Address:116 Renge Uji, Uji-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Uji Station. By car, 40 min from Kyoto City.

Tel:0774-21-2861

Hours:8:30-17:30

Top Review:A Phoenix Hall, A World Heritage Floating On The Lake

A palace built in a small island on the lake. A unique world heritage of gorgeous building that symbolize Fujiwara Sekkan Era. You should see the shrine once that is famous for Japanese coin of 10 yen. Moreover it became brighter after the repair.

10

Address:2 Takashima-cho, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki

Access:Tour from Tokiwa Terminal (reservation required). Access to Tokiwa Terminal: 6 min by taxi, or 20 min by streetcar from Nagasaki Station. By car, 120 min from Fukuoka city, and nearby toll parking area is available.

Top Review:Rise and Fall, the Ruins that Recall Worker's Sprit at that time, Spotlighted Again as the World Heritage

The Hashima Island looks like a military ship. The ruins were the first apartments constructed of concrete in Japan and look weird now. But just the scenery of this World Heritage can recall worker's sprit in the coal mine at that time.

11

Address:1-1 Tomioka, Tomioka-shi, Gunma

Access:10 min by car from Tomioka IC. 15 min walk from Joshu Tomioka Sration (15 km).

Tel:0274-67-0075

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:A World Heritage Having Supported The Modernization Of Japan

The utmost of 'Made In Japan'. Tomioka silk mill that had pushed forward the modernization of Japan has a strong power!

12

Address:3908 Katsuen Haebaru, Uruma-shi, Okinawa

Access:90 min by car form Naha Airport

Tel:098-978-7373

Top Review:Breathtaking Panoramic View From The World Heritage

Even its decent figure standing on the mountain top is nice, the superb view from the 100meters high fascinates the traveler's hearts more than anything. In the castle site, you can enjoy virtual trip going back 600 years.

13

Address:1873 Okamoto Ikaruga-cho, Ikoma-gun, Nara

Access:By bus, 50 min from Kintetsu Nara Station to Houkiji, then 3 min walk. Or 15 min from Ouji Station to Houkiji Guchi, then 10 min walk. By car, 25 min from Nara city, 50 min from Osaka city, or 80 min from Kyoto city.

Top Review:The Autumn Scenery Of A World Heritage Temple

Houki-ji (or Hokki-ji) Temple is a famous cosmos spot in Nara. The cosmos spreading at 20 thousand square meters site is very impressive.

14

Address:Kinomoto Cho, Kumano-shi, Mie

Access:1 min by car from Kumano Odomari IC. 5 min by bus from Kumano-shi Station to Onigajo Higashi-guchi (east gate).

Top Review:The Milky Way Of A World Heritage Onigajō Cliff

In Kumano, Mie Prefecture, a world's heritage site 'Onigajō' is a great cliff created by rough seas. It's very interesting place of the ragged rocky stretch. What's more, it's an excellent place to observe the Milky Way, because the Pacific Ocean stretching from east to south.

15

Address:11 The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, England

Access:10 min walk, from Canterbury East Station

Top Review:To the World of Harry Potter. Too Beautiful World Heritage Canterbury Cathedral Corridor

Canterbury, a rural town located in Kent, southeastern England. Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site, represents Canterbury. In particular, the corridor inside the cathedral is also used as a location for Harry Potter's magic school Hogwarts, which makes you feel as if you were in the world of Harry Potter.

16

Address:BP 18 Grande Rue, Le Mont Saint Michel, France

Access:7 min by car, from Mont Saint Michel Station

Top Review:France's Leading World Heritage Site

Mont Saint Michel is probably the No. 1 world heritage site in France. It was a rain forecast yesterday, but there was a little blue sky on my way home. It's usually a place full of people, but this time it's a rare Mont Saint Michel in a monopoly.

17

Address:1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By car, 25 min from Kyoto Higashi IC, 30 min from Kyoto Minami IC. By bus, 30 min from Kyoto Station to Kinkakuji Michi, then walk 5 min.

Tel:075-461-0013

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:Must See Someday! Kinkaku-ji Shining With Pure White Snow

After it snows in Kyoto City, shrines and temples of world heritages can change completely. Especially, winter Kinkaku-ji is so beautiful like this pics! Many people from all over the world come to see this golden pavilion, and sometimes there're a line of people for the snowscape worth visiting in spite of a cold weather!◎If the cold wave comes in Kyoto City and the snow clouds comes at the same time, it's a chance to see Kinkakuji in the snow. (I took these pics on snowy day in 2011 and 2017, I decided to visit by the weather forecast two days before.) You need to leave before the snow melts. Bus is available from Kyoto Station. Leave with time to spare on snowy days.

18

Shuri Castle

1 Review

Address:1-2 Surikinjo-cho, Naha-shi, Okinawa

Tel:098-886-2020

Hours:8:00-20:30

Top Review:A Deep Red World Heritage

Ryukyu Kingdom's symbolic building. Its deep red gives a strong impression against the background of the blue sky in Okinawa. You must-see spot in Okinawa.

19

Nara Park

10 Review

Address:469 Zoshi-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:On foot: 5 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, 20 min from JR Nara Station. By bus: 2 min from Kintetsu Nara Station, or 9 min from JR Nara Station to Nara Park. By car: 45 min from Osaka, 60 min from Kyoto.

Tel:0742-27-8036

Top Review:A World Heritage Site We Can Meet Deer As A Natural Monument

More than 1000 wild deer live in the huge park with lush greenery, and we can meet them freely. Some stands sell Shika Senbei (deer's cracker), and you can feed them, but please beware of so many deer getting together around you!

20

Address:160 Kasugano-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Tel:0742-22-7788

Hours:6:00-18:00

Top Review:A Passionate Vermillion Shrine As The World Heritage

The main shrine of Kasuga shrines all over Japan. Vivid vermilion building, green trees and gold lanterns, a fantastic and mysterious shrine it is.

21

Nachi Falls

5 Review

Address:Nachisan Nachi Katsu'ura-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama

Access:30 min by bus from Kii Katsuura Station to Nachi Fall, then 5 min walk. By car, 170 min from Wakayama Station.

Hours:7:00-16:30

Top Review:New Year At A world Heritage! Japan's Greatest Waterfall Lit Up In The Darkness

Nachi Waterfall is proud of the highest drop in Japan as a single waterfall. It's one of the three best waterfalls in Japan, and one element of a World Heritage 'Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range'. It's lit up from New Year's Eve to the dawn of New Year's Day, so you can see the beautiful and mysterious Nachi Waterfall!◎Train and bus are available in daytime, but they may not in service in night-time. Using car is the best way to visit in night-time.

22

Address:1110 Hongu Hongu-cho, Tanabe-shi, Wakayama

Access:By train, 130 min from Kyoto or Osaka Station to Kii-tanabe Staron, then take bus for 120 min to Hongutaisha. By bus, 60 min from Shingu Station to Hongutaisha. By car, 140 min from Wakayama city, 200 min from Nagoya city, or 180 min from Osaka city. Free parking area is available.

Tel:0735-42-0009

Hours:6:00-19:00

Top Review:A World Heritage ' Sacred Places In Kii Mountain Country And The Approach To The Shrine'

The building resistered as a national important cultural asset, and the Torii gate is the highest in Japan. Many things worth seeing.

23

Address:1115 Kamihatsuishi-machi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi

Tel:0288-54-0535

Hours:8:00-17:00,8:00-16:00,9:00-16:00

Top Review:A Red Arch Of A Holy World Heritage

Here is crowded as a starting place of Nikko sightseeing. A mysterious traditions about the bridge and a beautiful arch attract us.

24

Address:306 Utorokagawa Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido

Tel:0152-24-2334

Top Review:World Heritage Sight You Can Meet in the Hotel Room

I stayed at the Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel. The Utoko town sights, the Sea of Okhotsk and the sun setting on the World Heritage Shiretoko could be seen.

25

Address:Yakushima, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima

Top Review:Great Nature Of Yakushima Island

Yakushima Island registered as a world heritage site. I could enjoy trekking in the great nature completely surrounded with greens, which we can't experience in towns.

26

Juniko Lake

2 Review

Address:Fukaura-machi, Nishitsugaru-gun, Aomori

Access:90 min by car from Noshirominami IC. Parking area is available. By bus, 15 min from JR Juniko Station to the terminus.

Top Review:A Mystery Of Nature! An Unbelievable Blue Pond

Juni-ko(twelve ponds) area is walkable around a nature forest and ponds in the World Heritage, Shirakami Mountains. Among all, Aoike's beautiful color of blue is unbelievable. By the way, even today's science can't make clear why Aoike has such a blue color.

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Address:41-2 Suruga-machi, Nara-shi, Nara

Tel:0742-87-0556

Top Review:Easy Access To Nara Sta. & World Heritage Sites! A Guest House Popular Among People From Abroad

5 minutes walk from Nara Station. And it has an easy access to Kofuku-ji and Todai-ji temples. And more, although it's located the center of the city, it doesn't cost much. Since it started in 2010, people from over 50 countries have stayed here an international guest house.

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Address:2384 Sannai, Nikko-shi, Tochigi

Tel:0288-54-1669

Hours:10:00-18:00

Closed:Thu

Top Review:Enjoy Coffee In Nikko; A World Heritage Site. A Café Renovated From A Priest's Lodging

There's a café renovated from a Shinto priest's lodging in the site for two shrines and one temple. Temple and shrine carpenters colored the inside that makes us to be in a shrine. Let's take a rest with a cup of coffee.

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Area

Europe

Address:Carrer de Lepant, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Access:Soon, from Sagrada Familia Station

Top Review:Impressed By Tears! This Is World Heritage Site, You Definitely Want To See Before You Die

Sagrada Familia scheduled to be completed in 2026. The moment I entered the shrine while listening to the audio guide, I felt the history of Gaudi in the mysterious and magnificent space and the sophisticated atmosphere that was too beautiful, and tears overflowed. It is one of the World Heritage Sites where you can see the details of the world that cannot be conveyed in the photographs while feeling it with all five senses.

Oceania

Address:Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Access:60 min by car, from Sydney

Top Review:If you are lucky, you can watch it! The horizon that shines blue.

About 110 km west of Sydney. This region is home to 91 types of eucalyptus, 13% of the world. The name comes from the fact that the oil emitted from eucalyptus reflects off the sunlight and looks blue and hazy. In 2000, it was registered as a World Heritage Site as the "Greater Blue Mountains Area". Why don't you go to see this superb view on a day trip from Sydney?

North & Central America

Chichen Itza

1 Review

Address:Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Access:2 hours by car, from Cancun

Top Review:World Heritage of the Maya Civilization

Speaking of Maya civilization, Chichen Itza. Numerous archaeological sites centered around the huge El Castillo. Each of the ruins is interesting, and it still remains. You can also drive from Cancun, so it's a place you should go with Cenote.

Middle East

Ephesus

1 Review

Address:Atatürk Cd. No:12, Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey

Access:10 min walk, from Selcuk Station

Top Review:Ancient Turkish Ruins From BC

Efes is a World Heritage Site, also known as Pompeii in Turkey. The ruins such as the meeting place, hall, and library are beautifully left, and you can feel the people living at that time. There was already such a big library in the 2nd century (first photo). I was surprised.

Asia

Shirakawago

20 Review

Address:Ogi-machi Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu

Access:10 min by car from Shirakawago IC. By bus, 50 min from Takayama Station.

Tel:05769-6-1311

Top Review:Amazing View Of A World Heritage Site From The Observatory

Shirakawa Village is a heavy snowfall area, but it snowed not so much for us to visit here this winter. And we can enjoy the snowy landscape as much as we want! It will snow more during February, so you're still in time to see this scenery.

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