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
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4.02 weeks ago

The temple is undergoing major renovation so the main building is covered mostly in brown cloth and bamboo scaffolding. The walk from the bus stop to the temple entrance is long and a little steep. Then you would need to climb up several stairways to reach the ticket counter. You do get a nice view from the top. And you would have gotten great pictures if the temple wasn’t undergoing renovations. If your main purpose is to get a nice picture with the temple, I suggest that you postpone your visit until the renovations get finished.

5.0a month ago

one of the most ancient temple in Japan as Kyoto being one of the oldest cities in Japan. I have been here many times and each time I still find this place charming. You first walk through charming shops and restaurants selling Japanese items and then into the temple region. The surrounding area and park are nice to walk through, and the outlook of Kyoto city is a pleasant experience. Best weather would be spring or autumn, as the walk could get very hot in summer. Could easily spend a whole morning or afternoon here exploring the place. A must visit place for anyone who’s the first timer in Kyoto.

5.0a week ago

Despite the main facade being under scaffolding, this temple remains a must-visit. I was lucky enough to visit in mid-late November, and the fall colors of the foliage were absolutely stunning. There are also plenty of interesting sites along the trails you can take, including Buddhist statues and three unique water streams (Kiyomizu-dera translates to “Pure Water Temple”).

If you’re visiting at this time, definitely check out the nighttime illumination if you have a chance. Bring a jacket in the evening, as it’ll likely be chilly!

4.0in the last week

Kiyomizu-dera is stunning! 400 yen for adults entry is a bargain compared to other temples we've visited. I would have given 5 stars but the large tarp cover the main entrance is disappointing as well as the closed paths leading down to the pond. Crowds were not too bad, plenty of shrines and statues for fellow devotees to pray and send well wishes. The grounds and views are magnificent. We will be back again once the autumn leaves come through and hopefully construction has finished and the tarp removed.

5.0a week ago

We took a cab here which dropped us off halfway up the hill to the temple. There are many shops walking up to the temple which were nice to grab refreshments at.

There are parts of the temple you can see before getting to the area you have to pay to see. The area was pretty packed with other tourists in the mid-afternoon, but overall not too bad. A must-see if you're visiting Kyoto.

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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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