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Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto
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Have your wishes granted at Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist temple and World Heritage Site dating back to 1633. Constructed during the Heian period, the main temple and its famous stage were built without using nails. From the stage, look out onto the treetops below and the view of Kyoto in the distance. In the temple complex, drink from the three streams of the Otowa waterfall, whose waters are believed to have wish-granting powers. At the Jishu shrine to the god of love and matchmaking, try to walk between two stones with your eyes closed: those who are successful will also successfully find love. Using our international travel planner, Kyoto attractions like Kiyomizu-dera can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • it is so wonderful that i have no words to explain. like The colosseum in Rome. if you visit kyoto and miss to come here it is sure a sin. the heart of Japanese history 
  • After journeying through the hills, you arrive at this beautiful temple. The orange color is quite appealing and shocking amidst the evergreens. Really neat! 
  • As well as the Fushimi Inari, the Kyomizudera Temple is another attraction for Kyoto. The buildings are imposing and see the Temple from its base is sensational. Don't forget to take the waters in the fountain located at the base of the main temple.
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  • Very historic temple in Kyoto. Very beautiful hilltop setting. Large gardens along the hillside with great views of both the city and the temple. Very popular with tourists for good reason. The temple was impressively built of huge logs without any metal nails.
  • Amazing and beutiful, you will be sorrounded by shrines and incredible landscapes, with a great view of kyoto, you will spend hours just going from place to place in the temple and sorrounding areas. It is truly a must seen when in kyoto.
  • A must visit temple complex in Kyoto. But do try to beat the crowd by coming as early as possible. I went late in the afternoon and the crowd was just too much ro bear. The impressive structure of the main temple should be viewed from the other side, which unfortunately was closed for renovation on the day I visited. Best visited at the height of fall or sakura seasons for the color hues.
  • Great place and nice area to spend one morning, not only inside the temple and the sourroundings but also in the uphill roads that lead to this complex. After visiting the Temple, dont forget to walk to the nearest beautiful red and white pagoda for great views of the temple
  • Beautiful site and breathtaking views. The colors of the autumn leaves on the hill and the treelined paths is romantic and the beautiful temple perched on the hill on a towering platform is a dramatic sight.