Have your wishes granted at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 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. To visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto day trip app.
Tours to Kiyomizu-dera Temple
$147 BOOK WITH VIATOR Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Duration: 10 hours
$65 BOOK WITH VIATOR Kyoto Afternoon Tour - Fushimiinari Shrine & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Duration: 5 hours
Kiyomizu-dera Temple reviews
The stage which was under renovation for over a year is open and looking beautiful. With less tourists now you have more time to take in the panorama of the city. more »
one of my bucket list for place to visit before i die, great view of this temple with kyoto city in the background. i think it is greater to see this temple in spring or autumn. the scenery will be... more »
The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto's most famous temples and ranks top among local visitors. It really is a spectacular sight that is build into a slope, offering beautiful views of nature from.... more »
The first place I went to on my last trip to Japan back in Sept'19. It did not disappoint, a really great place to visit to start my trip. I stayed in an inn located around 5-10 minutes walk from the Kiyomizu-dera and I got there around 7 am, where it was really quite and very calm. The temple itself is really beautiful, even though it was still renovated and the roof was covered, it was still majestic. The scenery around the temple is also beautiful and amazing, as you can see whole Kyoto from here. I read that the roof renovation is already finished, the temple will be more magnificent on my next visit.
Great during the day or at night. Made extra special but the old shops and streets as you walk up. Can be a bit of a steep slope but worth every step for the panoramic views and peaceful wooden structure. One of a kind.
Absolutely worth a visit. The nature is stunning, the old temples very beautiful and breathtaking and the view is just beautiful. We visited during the rainy season (yesterday), but the rain wasn't an issue. It was so worth it. We came with a pram and it was easily accessible. It's a little steep here and there. But You can reach everything. Our toddler enjoyed running around and my infant peacefully slept. There were nappy changing stations.
A must-see in Kyoto. The real value of the temple is combination of traditional architecture with location on a hill. You can see the whole old town from the top. Sometimes you have push your way through crowds, but the place is great anyway.
Came on the second week of November and the leaves were starting to turn. Not full autumn colors but still very pretty. The temple itself is also extremely gorgeous with large park you can walk around. Costs 400 yen to go inside but definitely worth doing while in Kyoto. The view from the top temple deck has an amazing voew of Kyoto city.
Plan your trip to Kyoto
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
See all ›
Side trips from Kyoto
Hidden gems in Kyoto
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Kyoto
20 days in South Korea, China & Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Seoul Beijing Shanghai 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Fukuoka Hiroshima Osaka 17 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Seoul Busan Osaka 32 days in East Asia BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC Tokyo Yokohama Hakone-machi 31 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Kyoto BY A USER FROM CZECH REPUBLIC Tokyo Osaka Kyoto 15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Hiroshima Tokyo Kanazawa 8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDIA Kyoto Tokyo 46 days in East Asia BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA Beijing Xi'an Lhasa 50 days in Asia BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA Beijing Seoul Tokyo 22 days in Japan, South Korea & Thailand BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA Tokyo Kyoto Busan 11 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Kyoto Hiroshima Himeji 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MEXICO Tokyo Hiroshima Himeji
Are you the owner of this business?