Historic sites in Japan

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in Japan and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Japan and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Japan you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in Japan, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

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Kiyomizudera is a well-known Buddhist shrine in Kyoto listed by UNESCO.

Kiyomizudera or Kiyomizu-dera is a famous UNESCO-listed Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The first temple of Kiyomizudera was founded in 780 AD during the Heian period and designated an imperial temple in 805 AD, although much of this was destroyed and rebuilt in the 1630’s, including its Main Hall. The... Read More

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Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu in Tokyo is a shrine to the soul of the first emperor of modern Japan, Emperor Meiji and his wife.

Meiji Jingu is a sacred shrine to Emperor Meiji, modern Japan’s first emperor following the fall of the Samurais and his wife, Empress Shoken. Born in 1852, Emperor Mutsuhito Meiji ascended to the throne at the young age of sixteen and proved himself a great reformer. As part of his... Read More

Sensoji Temple

The Sensoji Temple was the oldest temple in Tokyo until it burnt down in World War II.

The Sensoji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Tokyo in Japan. Whilst the original structure of the Sensoji Temple is thought to have been built in 628 AD, making it the oldest one of its kind in the city, most of this burned down during World War II. The current... Read More

The Edo Tokyo Museum

The Edo Tokyo Museum chronicles the history of the city.

The Edo Tokyo Museum in Tokyo in Japan chronicles the history of the city, which was originally known as Edo. Split into three sections, one devoted to Edo, another to Tokyo and the last named the ‘Comprehensive History Zone’, the Edo Tokyo Museum has over 2,500 artifacts and objects charting the... Read More

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is the site of the only building left standing following the explosion of the atom bomb in 1945.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the A-Bomb Dome or the Genbaku Dome, in Hiroshima in Japan was the only building in the city which survived following the first ever explosion of an atomic bomb. On 6 August 1945, US forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of... Read More

The Nagasaki Peace Park

The Nagasaki Peace Park commemorates the atomic bombing of this Japanese city by American forces in World War II.

The Nagasaki Peace Park commemorates the atomic bombing of this Japanese city by American forces in World War II. This occurred on 9 August 1945, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. Approximately 74,000 people were killed and 30% of the city was devastated, with many more suffering the effects of... Read More

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Buddhist Temple complex; UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Consisting of the largest wooden building in the world, the temple complex is also home to the world's biggest bronze statue of the Buddha. The temple is the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. This article is a stub and is currently being expanded by our editorial team.... Read More

Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum is a museum of culture and history housing national treasures from Japan and the Far East.

The Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) houses national treasures from Japan and around the Far East and Asia. Its archaeological finds range from Japanese artwork and archaeological pieces to artefacts from Egypt and India. It also has a collection known as the Horyuji Treasures, made up of over 300 pieces... Read More

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Yasukuni Shrine

The Yasukuni Shrine is a sacred temple in Kudan erected by Emperor Meiji in 1869 coupled with a military museum.

The Yasukuni Shrine was originally established by the first emperor of modern Japan, Emperor Meiji in 1869 in honour of those who fought and died for the country. Approximately 2,500,000 names are enshrined at Yasukuni, amongst them the casualties of wars since 1853, including the Boshin War, the Seinan War,... Read More