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Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

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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.
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  • Very beautiful temple and amazing view. Like everything in Kyoto, be sure to go early in the morning before it gets too crowded. 
    Very beautiful temple and amazing view. Like everything in Kyoto, be sure to go early in the morning before it gets too crowded.  more »
  • The hugely popular Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizu-dera) is a must for most visitors to Kyoto. It is a massive temple complex. Cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom which was beautiful. There are also... 
    The hugely popular Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizu-dera) is a must for most visitors to Kyoto. It is a massive temple complex. Cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom which was beautiful. There are also...  more »
  • A trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a must if visiting Kyoto. You see photos of this grand temple almost everywhere. There is an entrance fee to visit the temple, I think it was worth it. You get to... 
    A trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a must if visiting Kyoto. You see photos of this grand temple almost everywhere. There is an entrance fee to visit the temple, I think it was worth it. You get to...  more »
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  • 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 temple, there are many things to checkout there. The place is the size of an entire park, there is so much history to learn signs with English and Japanese are available at every area with information about the history of the place. During the winter it’s a fun place to go. Tourist markets at the street leading up to the temple aren’t expensive. Highly recommend people interested into history to visit the place.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful Buddhist temple located in Kyoto. Mind relaxing scenery. It’s called as one of powerful and sacred Temples in Japan. Because of its’ sacredness, if you visit during any time of the year it’s crowded. It’s amazing. Spring, summer , autumn 🍂 and winter ❄️ you can enjoy the four kinds of sceneries at the same place. Awesomeness. Spiritual blessings. Blessed 😇

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