About this system
Kyoto is an historic city with many World Heritage sites. Besides these designated sites are buildings and gardens associated with temples and shrines visited by thousands of people throughout the year and also numerous unnoticed structures worth seeing.

A system has been introduced to increase citizens' awareness of these valuable buildings and gardens in order to aid in their preservation and maintenance for future generations.

One feature of this system allows people to voice their opinion about preserving these old structures and heightening their awareness of their historic value as part of the city's repository of architectural treasures.

On the website, "Buildings and Gardens to Preserve" is a list, recommended by citizens which is considered by a Review Board.

Every building and garden is valued. Those of special note have the mark which will be considered for special support in the future.

We will continue listing more "The Color Scheme of Kyoto: its buildings and gardens" from time to time.

How to use the website...

1. Main pages are LIST,MAP and IRODORI(Color Scheme)

(1) LIST is shown as an administrative district and shows gName,h gPhoto,h and gReason for Recommendation.h Click on gPhoto,h and go to gDetailed Page,h of that site.
(2) gMaph shows the map of Kyoto and each administrative district under gDetailed Map.h (Linked to gMaph and gPlace name.h) A number has been assigned to each address and name site. Click on one and it will take to you the gDetailed Map.h
(3) gIrodori,h the feature of the month, introduces that site.

2. Other pages are listed asgIntroduction of Institution,h gApplication Methodh and so on.

About Buildings and Gardens coloring Kyoto.

1. What does Color Scheme of Kyoto entail?
We collect the public's mail regarding buildings and gardens that are of historic and cultural value in order to preserve them. This system, started in Nov. of 2011, has gotten a number of recommendations that are being considered by the Review Board, after which, with the owner's consent, will be added to our list for public recognition.
By releasing these place names, we hope to encourage their preservation and raise awareness of their great value.

2. Kyoto's Color Scheme: Buildings and Gardens The way of Buildings and Gardens coloring Kyoto.
Please Refer to the page of Building and Gardens coloring Kyoto Review Board (link to Review Board page)

3. About the selection for Kyoto's Color Scheme
Buildings and garden selected and approved with the owner's consent are announced.


(1) Presentation of a plaque made of Kitayama Cedar. (Link to Certificate of Selection page)
(2) Measures necessary to preserve, inherit, and utilize the site is discussed with the owner.
(3) The owner is not obligated to keep the property and may dispose of it when necessary.

4. Kyoto's Color Scheme Approval rests on their high value along with the owner's consent
Out of selected efBuildings and Gardens coloring Kyotoff, we approve the ones with high value in particular, with ownerfs consent.

[When approved]

(1) Presentation of a plaque of painted lacquer. ( Link to Nameplate of Approval page)
(2) Special supportive measures for designation/registration and so on are based on the Cultural Assets Preservation Act and the Landscape law.
(3) There is no obligation on the owner in case of the sale of the property or other restrictions that may occur in the future.

References regarding Cultural Assets
@ With Regarding National Cultural Assets, please refer to the website of the Cultural Affairs Agency(Japanese version only).
@ Regarding Kyoto City's Cultural Assets, please refer to the website of Cultural Property Protection Division of Kyoto City.(Japanese version only)
For various institution details related to the landscape,
@ For other landscape related matters, refer to the website of Landscape Policy Division of Kyoto City.(Japanese version only)