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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5.02 weeks ago

Amazing looking temple. This is one of the most visited place along with the thousand gate. The walk to this place maybe slightly long but fret not, the walk is worth it.

The building are very stunning! When looking at it, it is very huge and magnificent!

In this temple you have to do the cleansing ritual as well. You can buy some charms back for health, wealth, studies and so forth. Very fun.

2.0a week ago

While the entrance to the temple grounds itself is impressive, I was very disappointed with just how much of the main temple was covered up for their current renovation work. Coupled with the sheer mass of people that migrate here daily, I recommend avoiding this shrine; there's many others in the immediate area that are far more impressive than this shrine in its current state. If you've got a short 1-2 day trip in Kyoto, definitely skip this (Fall 2019).

5.0in the last week

Probably the best Buddhist temple in Kyoto (can't say for sure as I haven't visited them all!). Lovely walk up to the temple with lots of shops selling souvenirs and matcha products - drinks, ice cream etc. Impressive temple once at the top - we had to pay 400¥ each to get into the main temple but there is little to see there and at the moment (Oct 2019) is heavily under renovation. Good views of Kyoto from the top but steep climbs for those less able

5.0a month ago

Very beautiful area with more to see than just the wooden temple. It was under construction when we went so we were unable to get good pictures of the temple. However, there are multiple other shrines and it is right next to the Higashiyama District. You can still walk through the temple with tickets that cost 400 yen per person. It also has some excellent views over Kyoto. Unfortunately there are large crowds, but that's understandable given the views.

4.0a week ago

Great temple but very tourist heavy and lots of foot traffic. It's difficult to feel any spirituality when there's 100s of tourists trying to snap photos while you're praying. It's beautiful however and the surrounding scenery is amazing. It's crazy that this world heritage temple is in the middle of an urban jungle.

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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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