Best World Heritage Sites In Kansai

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

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1

Reviews:8

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!

2

Reviews:2

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.

3

Reviews:6

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!

4

Reviews:7

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.

5

Reviews:1

Address:Koyasan Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama

Top Review:Daimon, An Entrance Gate For World Heritage 'Koyasan'

You see this Daimon at first when you visit Koyasan and you'll be surprised at the impressing size as high as 25 meters! The sacred place begins from here, so I felt tensed up.◎Parking lot: to the south down from Daimon, and 5min walk from the parking area to Daimon

6

Reviews:4

Address:152 Koyasan Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama

Top Review:Lightened 'Kompon Daito' A Symbol Of A World Heritage 'Koya-san'

Koya-san is a world heritage and the sacred place for Japan's esoteric Buddhism. Kompon Daito is a beautiful symbol as high as 50m. It stands in the site of Danjo Garan and lightened up at night. The silhouetted figure against the darkness was very impressive.◎The daytime was crowded with many people but we could enjoy the illumination without haste at night. It'll be good for you to stay at an accommodation of temple and walk around Koya-san at night.

7

Reviews:1

Address:5F Egret Himeji 68-290 Honmachi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo

Tel:079-289-3443

Hours:8:30-21:00

Top Review:Lesser Known Place! An Observatory For Full-faced Himeji Castle

An observatory in the 5th floor of Egret Himeji standing in front of Himeji Castle, commands the whole view od the castle and nice place to take pictures. What is more, you can enter for free and there're a few people here.◎An observatory's entrance fee is free.

8

Reviews:6

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.

9

Reviews:2

Address:1342-6 Uchikoshi, Himeji-shi, Hyogo

Access:7min by car from Himeji Nishi (West) IC. 35min by bus from Himeji Station to Uchikoshi Nishi bus stop.

Tel:090-267-8800

Hours:9:00-17:00

Top Review:Unknown But Great Spot In Himeji! A Theme Park You Can Feel Like Traveling In The World

Taiyo Park is managed by a social welfare corporation. The highlights are Terracotta Army replicas authorized by Chinese Government, and Great Wall of China as long as 2km, and so on! There're many other world heritages and architectures exhibited, and it's interesting to find different degrees of accomplishment between each works!◎There're stone area with various architectures and castle area with trick arts. A Neuschwanstein Castle is also one of the highlughts! Entrance fee: 1300yen Opening hours: 9:00-1700 (regular holiday is indefinite)

10

Reviews:5

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.

11

Reviews:1

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.

12

Reviews:3

Address:132 Koyasan Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama

Tel:0736-56-2011

Hours:8:30-17:00

Top Review:Fantastic Candle Night Of Kongobuji Temple At World Heritage 'Koyasan'

1000m above the sea level. Kongobuji Temple of Koyasan. At the time of moon viewing, the precinct is wrapped with solemn atmosphere, and you can enjoy fantastic scene.◎Mizuki-kai (moon viewing party while listening to music): October 6th to 8th in 2017, you can see the candles in the precinct for free. But usually, they don't lighten up.

13

Reviews:5

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.

14

Reviews:10

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!

15

Reviews:6

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.

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Nara

Reviews:2

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.

Kyoto

Reviews:6

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!

Hyogo

Reviews:8

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!

Wakayama

Reviews:1

Address:Koyasan Koya-cho, Ito-gun, Wakayama

Top Review:Daimon, An Entrance Gate For World Heritage 'Koyasan'

You see this Daimon at first when you visit Koyasan and you'll be surprised at the impressing size as high as 25 meters! The sacred place begins from here, so I felt tensed up.◎Parking lot: to the south down from Daimon, and 5min walk from the parking area to Daimon

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