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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5.0in the last week

Visited here as part of a walking tour. It was worth the walk uphill. It was stunning with the beautiful dark orange buildings and the surrounding cherry blossom trees. Every angle was picturesque.
A lot of people come here dressed in Kimonos and full traditional hairstyles with makeup for pictures.
The reading leading up to it has lots of souvenir shops with lots of interesting handmade Japanese items.
A must visit place if you are in Kyoto.

5.02 weeks 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 is stunning, the autumn leaves made everything look serene.

3.02 weeks ago

Very beautiful place. Nice contrast with cherry blossom. Unfortunately, main building is under construction. I recommend to go night time. It has nice atmosphere. They do night viewing until 4/7. Must see!!

5.0a month ago

Absolutely loved this temple. The atmosphere was a little chaotic as there are many tourists, however it's still manageable. You can see Kyoto the more you ascend, and get a great view of the surrounding land. The temples themselves are lovely to look at. The vendors as you make your way to the temple also have a great amount to offer. You have the options of various snacks and souvenirs to purchase on your way up or down.

5.0in the last week

I can't even put into words how profound and beautiful this place is. I had sense of calm the entire time we were there!
The sights are incomparable.
If you can, stop here!

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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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