Best Shrines And Temples In Kansai

Here're best Shrines And Temples in Kansai. We released a ranking of reviews about Shrines And Temples posted by travel influencers who have actually been to Kansai.

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Address:149 Kawakami Okuyamada Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 30 min from JR Uji Station or Kintetsu Shintanabe Station to Ichumae, and change bus to Okuyamada for 15 min, then walk 10 min. By car, 60 min from Kyoto city. Free parking area is available.

Tel:0774-88-3601 

Hours:8:30-16:30

Shouju-in Temple is famous for the lovely heart-shaped window called Inome-mado. Not only the window, I was fascinated with the beautiful paintings on the ceiling that are different one by one. In summer, you can also enjoy tea in the beautiful sounds of wind bell.

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Toji Temple

13 Review

Address:1 Kujyo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Kyoto Station, or 10 min walk from Toji Station. By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Toji-mae.

Tel:075-691-3325

Hours:5:00-17:00

You can go to Toji Temple from the Kyoto station on foot. The fivefold pagoda is highest in Japan and a popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. Moreover, you can see a Shidare Zakura, a weeping cherry tree in spring. Illuminated cherry blossoms at night are very fantastic.

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Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Keage Station. 25 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Nanzenji Eikando, then 10 min walk.

Nanzen-ji Suiro-kaku is a part of Biwa Lake Canal to bring the water to Kyoto from Biwa Lake. The beautiful arched bridges built of bricks considered the temple scenery and were designed in Meiji Era. They bring the water now in active service.

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Address:1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Gojōzaka, then 10 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-551-1234

Hours:6:00-18:30

Kiyomizu Temple, an unmissable spot for sightseeing in Kyoto. During the special honor of visiting held three times in a year, the blue light goes through the sky in Kyoto. This light, they says, expresses the mercy of Kwannon.

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Address:68 Fukakusayabunouchi-cho Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:Just near JR Inari Station, or 5 min walk from Keihan Fushimi Inari Station. By bus, 15 min from Kyoto to Inaritaisha, then 7 min walk. By car, 20 min from Kyoto Minami IC.

Tel:075-641-7331

Hours:8:30-16:30

The Shrine Gates Tunnel is mystic and seems a road to another world. The sightseeing spot is one of the most popular ones in Japan among foreign tourists.

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Address:731-1 Hase, Sakurai-shi, Nara

Access:15 min walk from Kintetsu Hasedera Station. By car, 50 min from Nara city, 75 min from Osaka, or 110 min from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

Hase-dera Temple has so long and beautiful 399 steps. For it's called 'flower temple', you can enjoy seeing peony and cherry blossoms in summer, hydrangea in summer, autumn leaves, winter-peony and winter-cherry blossoms. What's more, the lush mountain seen from the main temple is just amazing view.

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Address:55 Higashiyama Kamitakano Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min walk from Yase Hieizan-guchi Station, 5 min walk from Yase Station. By bus, 50 min from Kyoto Station to Yase Station, then 7 min walk.

Tel:075-781-4001

The spring special visiting is opened till 6/15 in 2018. The relaxing room extends here. The table room, which has been a hot topic in SNS, you can see various reflections from different directions. And, it's so gorgeous and beautiful.

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Address:180 Kibune-cho Kurama Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min from Kifune-guchi Station of Eizan Train to 'Kifune', then walk 5 min.

Kifune Shrine changes its appearance in each season. From spring to summer, you can see the lively scenery of fresh green.

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Address:390-1 Kin'en-cho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 12 min from Kyoto Station to Kiyomizu-michi, then 3 min walk. By bus or taxi, 12 min from Kyoto Station, 7 min from Keihan Shijo Station.

Hours:9:00-17:00

I wrote my wish on a colorful ball at Yasaka Koshin-do Temple in Kyoto. It's a nice place my heart leaps up just looking at them. Your Instagram must be able to get many likes!

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Address:15-795 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:7 min walk from Tofukuji Station. 1 min by car or taxi from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-561-4311

Hours:9:00-17:00

We cannot always see this flower purification fountain (Chozusha: a place for purification of your hands and mouth before you enter shrines or temples). And the flowers change every season. If you have a good chance to visit, I want you to see it.

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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

A good sightseeing spot that you can appreciate the seasons and the history of Kyoto.

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Address:931 Bakuro-cho Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:30 min by bus from Kyoto Station. 5 min walk from Hakubai-cho Station. 25 min by car or taxi from Kyoto Station. Free parking area is available.

Tel:075-461-0005

Hours:5:00-18:00

It's one of the sites of Kyo's (Kyoto's) Star Festival, which has been held eight times until this year. The bamboo leaves in the illuminated precinct are fantastic. You can enjoy quiet and cool atmosphere of summer.◎Kyo's Star Fastival is held on the lunar day of star festival. During the festival, various events are carried out at this shrine.

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Address:2914-1 Aomatani, Mino-shi, Osaka

Access:20 min by car or taxi from Mino Station.

Tel:072-721-7010

Hours:8:00-17:00 [Sat]8:00-17:30 [Sun・Holidays]8:00-18:00

Katsuoji Temple is famous for Daruma. Many people visit this temple to pray for luck of victory in various scenes such as examination, employment, and business. And so many Daruma are dedicated throughout the temple.

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Address:221 Han'nyaji-cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Access:10 min by bus from Nara Station to Hannyaji, then 3 min walk. By car, 60 min from Osaka, 60 min from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

Han'nya-ji Temple is well known as a cosmos temple. From September to November, there're 150 thousand and 30 kinds of cosmos are in bloom. It's very photogenic to take pictures of a temple and 13 storied stone pagoda over the cosmos!◎Parking lot is free during weekdays. On holidays, one car for 1 hour will be free, but more than that, you need 500yen.

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Address:3-10-24 Hirose Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka

Access:10 min walk from Hankyu Minase Station. 15 min walk from JR Ōyamazaki Station.

Tel:075-961-0078

Some well-known places are crowded with people, so you cannot enjoy them leisurely. The day I visited this Minase Jingu Shrine was on Japanese summer holiday season, but there were little people there. So I could sit on the bench and enjoy listening to the wind bells that made me feel cooler.◎10 min walk from Hankyu Minase Station. 12 min walk from JR Shimamoto Station. Free parking area is available. Wind bell area has no admission fees. The tea room requires more than 5 people and 500 yen for each.

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

Tel:075-881-1235

Hours:8:30-17:30

In the cool air of the early morning in late autumn. Can you find the beauty of the natural garden and how you should be? It's not bad to look for something 'lovely', but let's stretch your back at a simple place once in a while.◎A famous picture of Daruma and a ceiling picture of Dragon are also interesting. Visiting in early morning, you can see them without congestion.

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Ikuta Shrine

5 Review

Address:1-2-1 Shimoyamatedori Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

Tel:078-321-3851

Hours:7:00-18:00

Ikuta Forest is located in the precinct of Ikuta Shrine. Here's said to have become a field of Gempei Battle(Genji-Heike War), but now, it's popular as a spiritual power spot. Many people enjoy water-lot and get some advices for good marriage.◎Receive water-lot at shrine office and bring it to Ikuta Forest. Find a notice board, soak the lot in the pond, then you can get the advices. You can tie it on the fixed place or bring it home.

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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

The biggest torii arch stands at Oyunohara where Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine was once located. The great torii in the nature is very impressive and cannot be ignored. What's more, the starry sky is also very beautiful, and I was moved by the Milky Way that was able to see with the naked eyes.

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Address:526 Shimo-Kawaramachi Kodaiji Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Station. 20 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui, then 7 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-561-9966

Hours:9:00-17:30

Beautiful weeping cherry tree (Shidare Zakura) standing on the white sands of Hojo Garden of Kodai-ji Temple. We can see the beauty of Japan and tasteful atmosphere of Kyoto. The admission fee is 600 yen. It would be illuminated in that season.

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Address:215 Ukawa, Takashima-shi, Shiga

Tel:0740-36-1555

Shirohige Shrine stands by the Lake Biwa and is proud of the oldest history in Oumi region. To be surprised, its torii gate stands on the lake! We can see the illuminated torii at night, and the lightened by the rising sun in the early morning.

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Address:21 Shigadani Todou , Uji-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Mimuroto-ji Temple. 40 min by car from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

You can enjoy seeing seasonal flowers at Mimuroto-ji Temple. In the rainy season, there're 10 thousand trees of hydrangea on the slope. The night illumination is, as you see, very fantastic!◎You can walk from Mimuroto Station of Keihan Line. Also, parking area is available.

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Address:12 Goshonodan-cho, Shishigatani, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min by car or taxi from Jingu Maruta Machi Station

Tel:075-771-4040

Reikanji Temple in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. From March 20th to April 4th, 2021, a special spring visit to enjoy beautiful camellias has begun. There are lots of highlights such as Hanatemizu, which has a cute contrast between dark pink and slightly pink near the entrance, and a lot of pink camellias spread on a carpet of green moss. The viewing period is limited, so if you are interested, please do so as soon as possible.

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Address:2-9-19, Motomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Access:8min walk from JR Namba Station

Tel:06-6641-1149

The Lion Shrine (Shishi-den) is very big and impressive! It seems to suck evil with a big mouth and call for victory. Many visitors from ouside Japan come and take photos of this building.

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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

Many people visit Byodoin Temple during the autumn color light-up event. The weather was perfect and there was no winds, I could see this amazing reflections of Phoenix Hall (Hou-ou-dou) on the water.◎Autumn Color Light Up in 2018: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & National Holidays during November 17th to December 2nd. You need to choose daytime or evening.

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Address:7 Nakajimatobarikyu-cho Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:20 min by bus from Kyoto Station (Hachijo Exit). 15 min walk from Takeda Station. 10 min by car or taxi from Kyoto Station, and free parking area is available.

Tel:075-623-0846

Hours:9:00-16:30

Plum blossoms tell us that spring comes soon and now is the best time to see. Here's Jyonan-gu shrine is famous for a weeping plum tree and has paid attention these days. Hoyoke means praying for the safety of travels, moving and so on.

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Address:32 Sagatoriimotokozaka-cho, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:20 min walk from Arashiyama Station. By bus, 50 min from Shijokawaramachi to Saga Elementary School, then 17 min walk. By car, 35 min from Kyoto Minami (South) IC, and parking area is available.

Tel:075-861-3574

Hours:9:00-17:00

Gio-ji Temple is in Arashiyama, Kyoto. A dancer Gio lost a Taira-no-Kiyomori's favor and was turned out from Kyoto. She spent the rest of her life as a nun in this convent.

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Address:23 Yamadakitano-cho Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 55 min from Kyoto Station (C6 Bus Stop) to Kokedera, then 3 min walk. 12 min walk from Hankyu Kamikatsura Station. 25 min by car from Kyoto Station. Free parking area is available.

Tel:075-381-3417

Hours:9:00-16:30

Jizo-in at Matsuo in Kyoto is called 'bamboo temple' and the precinct is tinged with green from now till summer. And a Japanese style Karesansui flat garden is worth seeing, which is a registered scenic spot in Kyoto.

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Address:48 Eikando-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Keage Station. By bus, 25 min from Kyoto Station or 10 min from Sanjo-keihan Station to Nanzanji Eikando. Free parking area is available.

Tel:075-761-0007

Hours:9:00-17:00

Although Eikando could be very crowded with many tourists in the season of autumn leaves, you can see around calmly now in the fresh greens for there're fewer visitors. In the precinct of Eikando, you must see the beautifully curved Garyu-ro (Hallway Of Lying Dragon: named after its ceiling which is similar to a dragon's back).

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Address:540 Ohara Koin-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 60 min from Kyoto Station to 'Ohara Bus Stop', then 10 min walk. By car, 20 min from Mano IC. There's no parking area, you can use toll parking lot nearby.

Tel:075-744-2531

Hours:8:30-17:00

Sanzen-in Temple is located at Kyoto Ohara where has the beautiful nature in each season. Its garden is covered with moss and you can leave the daily life in front of the beautiful and comfortable scenery. A lovely Warabe Jizo (a stone image with child face) makes us feel at ease.

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Address:731-1 Hase, Sakurai-shi, Nara

Access:15 min walk from Kintetsu Hasedera Station. By car, 50 min from Nara city, 75 min from Osaka, or 110 min from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

A Head Temple Hase-dera in Nara Prefecture. It's famous for a flower temple, but what we see first of all after the gate, is this beautiful and long steps. On a New Year's Eve, they will hold a memorial ceremony 'Mandoue' and the whole precinct will wrapped in warm lights.

Shrines & Temples With Beautiful Torii

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

The biggest torii arch stands at Oyunohara where Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine was once located. The great torii in the nature is very impressive and cannot be ignored. What's more, the starry sky is also very beautiful, and I was moved by the Milky Way that was able to see with the naked eyes.

Area

Shiga

Address:215 Ukawa, Takashima-shi, Shiga

Tel:0740-36-1555

Shirohige Shrine stands by the Lake Biwa and is proud of the oldest history in Oumi region. To be surprised, its torii gate stands on the lake! We can see the illuminated torii at night, and the lightened by the rising sun in the early morning.

Nara

Address:731-1 Hase, Sakurai-shi, Nara

Access:15 min walk from Kintetsu Hasedera Station. By car, 50 min from Nara city, 75 min from Osaka, or 110 min from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

Hase-dera Temple has so long and beautiful 399 steps. For it's called 'flower temple', you can enjoy seeing peony and cherry blossoms in summer, hydrangea in summer, autumn leaves, winter-peony and winter-cherry blossoms. What's more, the lush mountain seen from the main temple is just amazing view.

Kyoto

Address:149 Kawakami Okuyamada Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 30 min from JR Uji Station or Kintetsu Shintanabe Station to Ichumae, and change bus to Okuyamada for 15 min, then walk 10 min. By car, 60 min from Kyoto city. Free parking area is available.

Tel:0774-88-3601 

Hours:8:30-16:30

Shouju-in Temple is famous for the lovely heart-shaped window called Inome-mado. Not only the window, I was fascinated with the beautiful paintings on the ceiling that are different one by one. In summer, you can also enjoy tea in the beautiful sounds of wind bell.

Hyogo

Ikuta Shrine

5 Review

Address:1-2-1 Shimoyamatedori Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo

Tel:078-321-3851

Hours:7:00-18:00

Ikuta Forest is located in the precinct of Ikuta Shrine. Here's said to have become a field of Gempei Battle(Genji-Heike War), but now, it's popular as a spiritual power spot. Many people enjoy water-lot and get some advices for good marriage.◎Receive water-lot at shrine office and bring it to Ikuta Forest. Find a notice board, soak the lot in the pond, then you can get the advices. You can tie it on the fixed place or bring it home.

Osaka

Address:3-10-24 Hirose Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka

Access:10 min walk from Hankyu Minase Station. 15 min walk from JR Ōyamazaki Station.

Tel:075-961-0078

Some well-known places are crowded with people, so you cannot enjoy them leisurely. The day I visited this Minase Jingu Shrine was on Japanese summer holiday season, but there were little people there. So I could sit on the bench and enjoy listening to the wind bells that made me feel cooler.◎10 min walk from Hankyu Minase Station. 12 min walk from JR Shimamoto Station. Free parking area is available. Wind bell area has no admission fees. The tea room requires more than 5 people and 500 yen for each.

Wakayama

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

The biggest torii arch stands at Oyunohara where Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine was once located. The great torii in the nature is very impressive and cannot be ignored. What's more, the starry sky is also very beautiful, and I was moved by the Milky Way that was able to see with the naked eyes.

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