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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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  • August 18, 2017
    Sennichimae Mairi during night-time visits. When we visited, relatively uncrowded and leisurely enjoyed. However, current is in the repair of the roof. After 2 years as follows.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It was the temple which I enjoyed most while the façade is in works. In the ascent to the Temple it is worth try... really good green tea ice cream!
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  • August 17, 2017
    Good point, it closes one hour later than the others (18 h), bad point: the main temple is open scaffolding but worth it to go up, by the very picturesque market street with its traditional look, and then there's this door and these bright orange pagodas, this popular fervor and the usual circuit which offers you a view of Kyoto that emerges from the trees , the Kyoto Tower appears as a dwarf guarded by the pagoda, two eras which look...
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  • March 18, 2017
    There is an entrance fee of 400yen per adult person (discount coupons are not accepted here), and this will cover all the permitted accessible grounds you are allowed to visit. There is plenty of ground to cover as part of this temple, and I do not doubt that when spring is in full swing the grounds will be absolutely stunning in shades of pink and white. As this temple is incredibly old, there is substantial maintenance work happening on the main structure of the temple but this work is only on the exterior. If you are able to, try not to visit this temple on the weekend or on special religious ceremonial days unless you want to be squashed like a sardine amongst thousands of others, trying to trek up the hill that leads to the temple. It is quite a trek up a slop to get to the temple, but the walk up is lined with lots of souvenir shops and small eateries that you can stop by to take a break.
  • July 10, 2017
    One of the must-go places in Kyoto. Beautiful temple but part of it is being renovated. Hope it finish earlier and you guys can fully enjoy the beauty of it. Please visit this if you come to Kyoto.
  • June 21, 2017
    Gotta love this UNESCO World Heritage site. It is very picturesque especially during autumn. Oh and did you know that this temple was built without using a single nail.
  • April 8, 2017
    Kiyomizu Buddhist Temple is situated on a hill. To gain access, you have to walk up past many tourist targeted souvenir and F&B small shops. We visited the place on a rainy spring evening. Walking up we had to dodge umbrellas carried too low! The temple building itself is very old. You can the age. Some restoration is in progress. There is a favorite story told by tourist guides about many devotees jumped off the temple platform to see whether their wishes will be fulfilled..
  • May 15, 2017
    This place was absolutely beautiful. We had the chance to visit it in the evening and it was an unique experience. Even surrounded by the modern city, we can still have this mystical feeling. The architecture is really interesting not just traditional.

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