World Heritage Second Series 5

C1800a: Ujikami Shrine

C1800b: Ujikami Shrine

C1800c: Kozanji Temple

C1800d: Sekisui-in

C1800e: Saihoji Garden

C1800f: Saihoji Garden

C1800g-h: Tenryuji Garden

C1800i: Golden Pavilion

C1800j: Golden Pavilion

IssueWorld Heritage Second Series 5
First DayDecember 21, 2001
Value800 yen (80 yen x 10)
Quantity3,000,000 sheets
DesignsUjikamijinja Shrine, Main HallUjikamijinja Shrine, "Kaerumata" (Flog's legs)
Kozanji Temple, front approachKozanji Temple, Sekisuiin Hall
Saihoji Temple, Moss GardenSaihoji Temple, garden gate
Tenryuji Temple, gardenTenryuji Temple, Garden
Golden Pavilion (Rokuonji Temple) in autumnGolden Pavilion (Rokuonji Temple) in snow
Size28.05 x 33.5 millimeters
PrintingPhotogravure in 6 colours
Sheet10 stamps, Picture of the sheet
PhotographerBenrido Company
Photographs providedKozanji Temple
Tenryuji Temple
Rokuonji Temple
DesignerMorita Motoharu (public service designer)
Catalog No.C1800
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Kyoto-Nishi Post Office

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA) & SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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(Small Note for the Issue)

The fifth issue consists of ten 80 yen stamps depicting the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities).

C1800a: (Ujikami-jinja Shrine) It enshrines Emperors Oujin and Nintoku and is believed to guard Byodoin Temple, which is also in Uji. The stamp depicts the prayer hall and the main hall. The main hall is the oldest shrine hall existing in Japan. All the buildings at the shrine were build by the end of the 14th century.
C1800b: (Ujikami-jinja Shrine) "Kaerumata,&auot; which literary means &quotflog's crotch" since the characteristics of the Japanese ancient architecture resembles the legs of frog.
C1800c: (Kozanji Temple) The front approach to the temple. Originally, the 5th issue of the series was planned to come out on 22nd November. However, by the mistake of the Postal Services Agency, it was postponed to 21st December. The mistake was that the picture of this stamp was the mirror image of the actual scenery. The announcement to postphone the date of issue was made only two days prior to the original plan. It cost 127,000,000 yen to print the corrected sheets all over again. Unfortunately, there was a Tochigi PO, which sold the eight error sheets on 16th and 17th November.
C1800d: (Sekisui-in Hall of Kozanji Temple, National Treasure) Sekisui-in was a living place of Myoe-shonin (priest), who re-established the temple in the 13th century. It shows the style of the early Kamakura era.
C1800e: (Moss Garden of Saihoji Temple) The temple was re-established in 1339 by Musou Soseki (priest). It is a zen Buddhism temple. More than 120 kinds of mosses cover the site, which resembles beautiful carpet that the temple is famous as the Moss Temple.
C1800f: (Koujoukan Gate of Saihoji Temple) The old gate of the Moss Temple garden.
C1800g-h: (Garden of Tenryuji Temple) The temple was established in 1339 by Ashikaga Takauji Shogun to pray for Emperor Godaigo. The garden was created by Musou Soseki.
C1800i-j: ("Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)" of Rokuonji Temple) Originally, the golden pavilion was build in 1397 as a villa of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd Shogun of Ashikaga Shogunate. After his death, the site was converted to be a temple. The original golden pavilion was burnt down by arson in 1950. The existing golden pavilion was built in 1955.