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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  • You can easy reach this place by public transport. Short walk up the hill follows. It is surrounded by many shops with nice Japan souvenirs. Beutiful view over a big part of Kyoto. Nice autumn...  more »
  • In Autumn, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple is studded with trees. Fall is a lovely time to visit because the trees turn vivid hues of red.  more »
  • Unfortunately the temple was under construction when we visited, but we still had a very nice experience. Could not enter without cash, but once inside it was very nice. There were many tourists...  more »
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  • This was a very cool temple to visit. We skipped the purification with the water (for health, wealth and beauty) but watched others partake. The structure itself is impressive. The grounds were large and nice to walk. There were many people, but I think the crowds weren't as large as usual. We enjoyed our visit here and would recommend if you're in Kyoto.
  • One of the best and largest traditional Buddhist temple. Very crowded with tourists and students. The main architecture building external is under maintenance, internal still open for visitors. A small token fee to enter the main building. The fall colors were fabulous. A short hike enables you to view the city from the top. At night, the illumination lightning was marvelous. Shrine / trees and gardens were light out. Professional photographers were on standby with tripods and cameras, waiting to capture the best moment. We took a lot of photos. Good selection of food stalls outside the shrine for refreshments. If you would like to stay for the illumination light, visit after your lunch. But, wear warm clothing as it is cold.
  • A world heritage site that is a must see when in Kyoto. Prepare for a trek going up the site. Should you get tire, the street leading up are full of stores and souvenir shops to keep you refreshed and will provide you a great memento of your visit. There are some maintenance work being done that restricted s visit to some of the temple areas. Nonetheless there are other awesome places to see within the complex. Going back down you will find yourself within walking distance of Gion, the geisha district. Lots of food places to enjoy
  • a total awesome place to visit. There is also a food course for people to relax and enjoy the tradition japanese noodle soup here. Price is very affordable. You will need to walk a lot so be well prepared. Make sure bring water and wear shoes. Actually many people wear kimonos here and i love the sight. When you are on top of this mountain, you can see many things around. I love the way Japan protect their history temple and pagoda. Enjoy your time here!!!
  • One of the iconic temples of Kyoto. At the top of a hill overlooking the Eastern side of the city. Very interesting architecture and a natural spring you can drink from for good fortune. Being it is a very old temple made from wood it does require maintenance and repairs at times. In preparation for the expected masses of tourist coming for the Olympics it has been under renovations for sometime now. The main hall that you see in most pictures is currently covered by a tarp and scaffolding but expected to be finished in March of this year (2020).

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