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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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  • Although the temple was under construction when I visited, it is still obvious to see how impressive it is. There are great views of Kyoto from the temple verandah.  more »
  • 3/5 Higashiyama flower lanterns in the night I went to visit. You could also look at Kiyomizu Temple in different aspect, a fantastic difference between daytime and. The lit up to the time of cherry blossoms and fall foliage season.
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  • ⭐ ️ as famous Kyoto tourist attractions! In vast grounds, there are a lot of places. Delight in the elegant on-site dining as well as reminiscent of the Edo period, as well as the main building. And impressed once again with the elementary school field trips since it was so long that I forgot the most, has been coping with a great location! It is a place as well as Japanese and foreign residents to visit and give you want to!
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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.