Kiyomizu Temple

Sightseeing information about Kiyomizu Temple in Japan.

World Heritage: Kiyomizu Temple4.7

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This temple is situated on a hill with a huge terrace that has a commanding view of Kyoto. The spot has been attracting pilgrims since the 8th century, and a Japanese idiom deriving from this temple - "take the plunge at Kiyomizu Temple" (meaning: jumping off from the cliff / take a leap of faith) - is still well used today.

Below the main terrace is the Otowa waterfall where people make a line for a drinking ceremony, as Kiyomizu means 'pure water'. In the precincts, there is a small Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking. The Niomon entrance gate and the three-story pagoda, both important cultural properties, stand magnificently.

The uphill road to the temple is also fun with plenty of touristy stores to poke around in. It is recommended to come here in cherry blossom or autumn foliage season.

Purposeeasily accessible,elderly,world heritage,family,first time in Japan,cherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,art,autumn foliage,sightseeing,major
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 38.7km) Google Transit

Reviews

5.0in the last week

One of those beautiful temples. My favorite part is this one shrine here where you can enter into a dark room (makes you feel blind) holding on to the threads of beads for direction on one side until you get really deep inside. Feeling of being in a womb. Once you’re inside completely, a holy stone appears where you can make a wish. That’s the only dimly lit spot. But a beautiful experience overall. Wish there were fewer tourists

4.03 weeks ago

Amazing scenery, and the street leading up to the temple was bustling with shops and tourists. It's a mix of both locals and foreigners, and definitely lots of photogenic places. It's not as crowded as other reviews say, at least in my own experience. Expect to spend around one hour there. Definitely worth a visit.

A side note for people reading this review around June of 2018: the temple was under renovation when I visited in late May. A slight bummer, but I think it was still worth visiting.

5.0in the last week

Beautiful temple complex! Incredible views of Kyoto and the mountains surrounding it. Lovely preserved streets for shopping at the base. These temples are varied in their architecture and feel and are unique to the area. The walk down the mountain is pretty and covered with trees and flowers. Definitely worth the trip!

5.0in the last week

Beautiful, nuff said. Although, get ready for a walk uphill to see it all. During the walk there's a lot of small stores to buy things and food. It's one of the best streets to walk as it feels traditional to what you see in the past. About 600 yen for admissions to the temple and can get really crowded. The 5 story pagoda alongside the temple is beautiful for many pictures. Inside you can take off your shoes if you want. For 100 yen you can go into a pitch dark path in which you guide yourself by holding onto a rope until you reach a glowing rotating stone. Really cool and fun! I went twice into that path!

4.03 weeks ago

Currently under construction but still worth a visit

This is a beautiful temple complex, and despite the main temple building (the one with all the iconic views) being under construction, it's still a worthwhile visit. I especially loved the small hillside shrine in the complex. It's charming, and has a lot of fun little quirks that you'll just have to go see for yourself.

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This is one of most famous temples in Japan.Original temple was founded in 798. In particular, since Kiyomizu Stage stands 13 meters high, you can get a full view of Kyoto city from here. Moreover, Kiyomizu means "pure water"...

This is one of most famous temples in Japan.Original temple was founded in 798.
In particular, since Kiyomizu Stage stands 13 meters high, you can get a full view of Kyoto city from here.
Moreover, Kiyomizu means "pure water" in japanese.
Since it is said that water at the spring in this temple will purify their soul and make their wishes come true, please visit this temple.

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So many people visit Kiyomizu Temple and there are so many interesting spots to describe. We can enjoy very much visiting Kiyomisu Temple along with some places.

So many people visit Kiyomizu Temple and there are so many interesting spots to describe. We can enjoy very much visiting Kiyomisu Temple along with some places.

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A lot of people tried jumping off from the cliff so far, but no need to worry. Many merciful trees with flexible branches have saved their lives. Please do not forget to try the water of the Otowa waterfall. Since ancient times the water...

A lot of people tried jumping off from the cliff so far, but no need to worry. Many merciful trees with flexible branches have saved their lives. Please do not forget to try the water of the Otowa waterfall. Since ancient times the water has been believed to have beneficial effects such as preventing illnesses.

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The ascending approach leading up to the temple buildings is lined up with various shops and is always crowded with so many visitors. You may, therefore, feel as if you visited the festival spot. However, once you step into the precin...

The ascending approach leading up to the temple buildings is lined up with various shops and is always crowded with so many visitors. You may, therefore, feel as if you visited the festival spot.

However, once you step into the precincts of the temple, such festival mood soon disappears and you realize that you are in the divine zone of Buddha.

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