10 Shining Examples of Japanese Architecture

After you’ve walked the cherry blossom gardens and had the best sushi of your life, you’re bound to encounter beautiful architecture throughout Japan. From castles and pagodas to Shinto shrines, temples and historic buildings provide a glimpse of Japan’s past and cultural roots, while modern structures highlight forward-thinking technology and global influences. Enjoy a few examples of the eye-catching architecture that Japan has to offer.

1. Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan

2. Sensō-ji, Tokyo, Japan

Senso-ji Temple

Photo by Jason Levine

3. Fushimi Inari, Kyoto, Japan

4. Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Photo by Dominik Gehl

5. Yumebutai, Awaji, Japan


Photo by Kate Stella

6. Byodoin, Uji, Japan


Photo by Andy Yee

7. Fujiyoshida, Japan


Photo by Andy Yee

8. Fukuoka Castle, Fukuoka, Japan

9. Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Asakusa Shrine

Photo by Jennykosan

10. Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto, Japan


Photo by Jason Levine

If you’ve been to Japan, we’d love to see your discoveries in the Trove! If you’re planning on going and need some cool ideas, check out our Popular Attractions of Japan list!