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  1. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

    Culture UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan

    As of 2021, Japan has 25 UNESCO world heritage sites, including twenty cultural and five natural heritage sites. Japan acceded to the World Heritage Convention in 1992, and the first four world heritage sites were added to the world heritage list in 1993. The last world heritage sites to date...
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    News UNESCO: Japan architectural techniques to be listed as intangible heritage

    Traditional Japanese architectural craftsmanship used in timber-framed structures will be registered on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list by the UNESCO in December: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20201117/p2g/00m/0na/073000c It will be Japan’s 22nd listing. Some of them are quite...
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    Travel News Hidden Christian sites added to World Heritage list

    Twelve locations in Kyushu linked to the history of the hidden Christians have been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Shitsu Church in Nagasaki (Photo credit: TBS VISION, Inc) Oura Cathedral in Nagasaki (Photo credit: Nagasaki Prefecture) UNESCO adds Japanese sites linked...
  4. Kiyomizudera


    The niōmon (仁王門, lit. Niō gate) at the entrance to the Kiyomizudera temple complex
  5. Kiyomizudera


    The niōmon (仁王門, lit. Niō gate) at the entrance to the Kiyomizudera temple complex
  6. Kiyomizudera


    The main hall of Kiyomizudera
  7. Kiyomizudera Temple

    Temple Kiyomizudera Temple

    Kiyomizudera (清水寺 "Clear Water Temple") is a temple of the Hossō sect of Buddhism. It is located on a high hill in the Higashiyama Ward of Kyoto. Officially called Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺), it was founded around 788 by the monk Enchin with the support of Sakanoue no Tamuramaro (758-811)...
  8. Ryoanji Temple

    Temple Ryoanji Temple

    The Ryoanji Temple (竜安寺 or 龍安寺, Ryōan-ji, “Temple of the Peaceful Dragon”) is a temple in the Ukyō Ward of Kyoto, belonging to the Myōshinji branch of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It is most famous for its rock garden in the karesansui (枯山水, “dry landscape”) style. Among its patrons were the...
  9. Todaiji Temple

    Temple Todaiji Temple

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana Tōdai-ji (東大寺, Eastern Great Temple) is a significant monastery-temple belonging to the Kegon sect of Buddhism. It was erected by order of Emperor Shōmu (聖武天皇, 701-756) in the eastern part of Nara...
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