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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1

Yanagidani Kannon, famous for hydrangeas. A lot of hydrangeas in the precincts are in full bloom. The colorful flower wash basins placed in various places and the umbrella sky with hydrangea pattern that started this year are also beautiful. Potted hydrangeas were lined up on the steps of the torii next to the main hall, and it was a wonderful photo spot.

Name

Yokokuji-Temple

Address

2Jododanidonodani, Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto, JapanGoogle Map

Tel

075-956-0017

Hours

9:00-17:00

How to get there

10 min by car, from Nishiyamatennozan Station

Parking

Parking area is available

2

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.

Name

Shoju-in Temple

Address

149 Kawakami Okuyamada Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

0774-88-3601 

Hours

8:30-16:30

How to get there

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.

Parking

Parking area is available

3

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.

Name

Toji Temple

Address

1 Kujyo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-691-3325

Hours

5:00-17:00

How to get there

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

Parking

Parking area is available

4

When going through under Sembon Torii, you can feel like to come into the mysterious another world. Here's a great spot you can feel the exotic Japanese atmosphere.

Name

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Address

68 Fukakusayabunouchi-cho Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-641-7331

Hours

8:30-16:30

How to get there

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.

Parking

Free parking area is available

5

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.

Name

Hase-dera Temple

Address

731-1 Hase, Sakurai-shi, NaraGoogle Map

How to get there

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.

Parking

Toll parking area is available

6

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.

Name

Nanzen-ji Temple

Address

Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

How to get there

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

7

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.

Name

Ruriko-in Temple

Address

55 Higashiyama Kamitakano Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-781-4001

Fee

Adult 2000 yen、Child 0 yen

How to get there

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.

Parking

Nearby toll parking area is available

8

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

Name

Kifune Shrine

Address

180 Kibune-cho Kurama Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Fee

Adult 0 yen、Child 0 yen

How to get there

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

Parking

Toll parking area is available

9

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.

Name

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Address

1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-551-1234

Hours

6:00-18:30

Fee

Adult 400 yen、Child 200 yen

How to get there

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

Parking

Nearby toll parking area is available

10

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!

Name

Yasaka Koshin-do Temple

Address

390-1 Kin'en-cho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Hours

9:00-17:00

Fee

Adult 0 yen、Child 0 yen

How to get there

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.

Parking

Nearby toll parking area is available

11

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.

Name

Shōrin-ji Temple

Address

15-795 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-561-4311

Hours

9:00-17:00

How to get there

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

Parking

Parking area is available

12

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

Name

Kinkakuji Temple

Address

1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-461-0013

Hours

9:00-17:00

Fee

Adult 400 yen、Child 300 yen

How to get there

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.

Parking

Toll parking area is available

13

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.

Name

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

Address

931 Bakuro-cho Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-461-0005

Hours

5:00-18:00

How to get there

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.

Parking

Free parking area is available

14

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.

Name

Katsuoji Temple

Address

2914-1 Aomatani, Mino-shi, OsakaGoogle Map

Tel

072-721-7010

Hours

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

How to get there

20 min by car or taxi from Mino Station.

Parking

Toll parking area is available

15

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.

Name

Han'nya-ji Temple

Address

221 Han'nyaji-cho, Nara-shi, NaraGoogle Map

How to get there

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.

Parking

Toll parking area is available

16

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.

Name

Minase Jingu Shrine

Address

3-10-24 Hirose Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, OsakaGoogle Map

Tel

075-961-0078

Fee

Adult 0 yen、Child 0 yen

How to get there

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

Parking

Free parking area is available

17

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.

Name

Tenryu Temple

Address

68 Sagatenryu-ji Susukinobaba-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-881-1235

Hours

8:30-17:30

How to get there

18

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.

Name

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

Address

1110 Hongu Hongu-cho, Tanabe-shi, WakayamaGoogle Map

Tel

0735-42-0009

Hours

6:00-19:00

How to get there

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.

Parking

Free parking area is available

19

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.

Name

Kodaiji Temple

Address

526 Shimo-Kawaramachi Kodaiji Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-561-9966

Hours

9:00-17:30

Fee

Adult 600 yen、Child 250 yen

How to get there

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.

Parking

Toll parking area is available

20

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.

Name

Byodoin Temple

Address

116 Renge Uji, Uji-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

0774-21-2861

Hours

8:30-17:30

How to get there

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

Parking

Nearby toll parking area is available

21

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.

Name

Shirahige Shrine

Address

215 Ukawa, Takashima-shi, ShigaGoogle Map

Tel

0740-36-1555

How to get there

Parking

Parking area is available

22

I visited Reikan-ji Temple while its special opening in spring. There're various kinds and colorful camellia. I found a lovely heart made of small fallen flowers. The special opening is held till 4/7.

Name

Reikan-ji Temple

Address

12 Goshonodan-cho, Shishigatani, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-771-4040

How to get there

10 min by car or taxi from Jingu Maruta Machi Station

Parking

No parking area

23

The amulet at Shimogamo Shrine is said to be extremely beautiful. The most popular amulet, made of delicate openwork lace, has Shimogamo Shrine's divine emblem Futaba Aoi and Wisteria Pattern woven into it, and when held up to the sky, its delicate beauty becomes even more vivid. It is said that if you carry it carefully or display it in a clean room, it will bring you good luck. Please note that the seasonal charm with a snowflake motif is only available during the winter season.

Name

Shimogamo Shrine (Kamomioya Shrine)

Address

59 Shimogamoizumikawa-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, KyotoGoogle Map

Tel

075-781-0010

Hours

6:30-17:00

How to get there

12 min walk, from Demachiyanagi Station

Parking

Toll parking area is available

24

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.

Name

Ikuta Shrine

Address

1-2-1 Shimoyamatedori Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, HyogoGoogle Map

Tel

078-321-3851

Hours

7:00-18:00

How to get there

Parking

Toll parking area is available

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Instagrammable Shrine And Temple

Yasaka Koshin-do Temple

8 Reviews

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!

Hase-dera Temple

11 Reviews

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.

Kawai Shrine

4 Reviews

At Kawai Shrine, you can make up ema (votive picture tablet to write your wish) by your own cosmetics. They sell a beverage named 'Bijin Sui (Beauty Water)', it's nice place for people like beauty treatments. You can enjoy this lovely shrine even just looking around.

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Shiga

Shirahige Shrine

5 Reviews

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.

Taga Taisha Shrine

3 Reviews

Taga Taisha Shrine is lit up rhythmically with music. To release a shutter at the moment of your favorite colors, you can color the shrine as you like in the picture.◎Free parking area is available. Access by car is more convenient than other transportation. It'll be lit up till November 30th, but the stones and laser beam illumination can be see till October 8th.

Ishiyama-dera Temple

3 Reviews

There're national treasures and buildings of important cultural asset in the large precinct surrounded by nature, which makes you feel history. You can touch the cultures of Heian Era because of the connection with Murasaki Shikibu. This is a temple many famous writers have believed and favored since old times.◎Access: 10 min walk from Ishiyamadera Station Admission Fee: ¥600

Kyoto

Yokokuji-Temple

16 Reviews

Yanagidani Kannon, famous for hydrangeas. A lot of hydrangeas in the precincts are in full bloom. The colorful flower wash basins placed in various places and the umbrella sky with hydrangea pattern that started this year are also beautiful. Potted hydrangeas were lined up on the steps of the torii next to the main hall, and it was a wonderful photo spot.

Shoju-in Temple

18 Reviews

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.

Toji Temple

13 Reviews

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.

Hyogo

Ikuta Shrine

4 Reviews

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.

Byakugou-ji Temple

7 Reviews

Located at Tamba in Hyogo Prefecture, Byakugou-ji Temple is celebrated for the wisteria. You can see wisteria flowers blooming beautifully every year. At night, the wisteria are lit up, and makes very fantastic and beautiful scene. ◎Byakugou-ji Temple will get very crowded during the wisteria season, so it's better for you to visit with enough time. And please have good manners.

Izanagi Jingu Shrine

3 Reviews

Here's also famous for the lucky charm of marriage and children. A very large shrine.

Osaka

Minase Jingu Shrine

6 Reviews

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.

Katsuoji Temple

6 Reviews

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.

Namba Yasaka Shrine

5 Reviews

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.

Wakayama

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

6 Reviews

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.

Danjo Garan

5 Reviews

It's a depository of scriptures built by Bifukumon-in for her husband Emperor Toba, and it's now well known as a spiritual spot of grace. If you push it and go around one time, you can receive the grace as much as you read the scriptures! Don't forget to visit here in Koyasan.

Kongobuji Temple

3 Reviews

The most mysterious place I have ever seen.

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