Kiyomizu Temple

Sightseeing information about Kiyomizu Temple in Japan.


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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
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3.0in the last week

Not particularly my favorite shrine in the area, mainly because how busy it was with tourists and you had to pay to get in. Also, the building was horded and under construction so that took away from it. I will say that the view of the city is fantastic and it does offer a great vantage point. The walk up through the small streets and shops was more memorable.

5.02 weeks ago

The temple is very beautiful. However the way to the temple can be very crowded depending on the time of the year. Nevertheless, the hike up coupled with the magnificent view is all worth it. It was a scene in anime that was brought to life, everything about it. There are many shops along the streets going up the temple. The ambiance was really nice. I've felt like I've been transported to the old time. The observatory was breathe taking as it displayed Kyoto's skyline. The whole place is also surrounded by a whole lot of nature and little cafe's designed to look like traditional structures. Buddhist charms are also everywhere catering to different needs. I absolutely love the place. It is a must-see when you're in Kyoto.

5.0in the last week

IF YOU COME FROM OUTSIDE OF JAPAN: keep it in mind THIS IS TEMPLE AND NOT DISNEYLAND! please be discreet, behave. In churches, you know you need to keep it quiet. It applies same here. Don't scream like animals. Keep your volume minimum and enjoy the beauty of silence.

5.02 months ago

Must-see if you're in Kyoto! Make sure you have cash with you as there was no ATM within at least 15 min. walking distance. Ensure you're comfortable walking as you'll only be able to reach the temple after going up an old street with numerous shops selling sweets, clothes (kimonos), tea, pickled vegetables, etc. People dress up in kimonos which was lovely to see. It gets pretty busy, so be warned if this is not your thing. The temple and its surroundings were stunning, the autumn leaves made everything look serene.

5.0a month ago

Just beautiful place in Kyoto. One of the must visit places, you can find lot of Japanese wearing traditional kimonos. Quite close the geisha street. The Pagodas are quite wonderful to look at. A wonderful shopping street along the way, colorful and just beautiful.

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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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