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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5.03 months ago

This was a very cool temple to visit. We skipped the purification with the water (for health, wealth and beauty) but watched others partake. The structure itself is impressive. The grounds were large and nice to walk. There were many people, but I think the crowds weren't as large as usual. We enjoyed our visit here and would recommend if you're in Kyoto.

3.03 months ago

Very cool and unique temple, the main pavilion is beautiful and creatively engineered. Outside of that it’s similar to most of the temples we visited in Japan and for me was not a must see but for those that are into visiting temples and shrines, you will enjoy this one. The long road that leads up to this temple is full of cool shops and food, I had one of my favorite Japanese treats here, a super delicious and freshly made Nikuman (Japanese pork bun), you must try one while in Japan.

5.02 weeks ago

Amazing to visit, we went midday probably recommend going early or towards the evening to miss the peak times but have to see it. Highly recommend just walking to the top just to escape the majority of others!

5.04 months ago

A world heritage site that is a must see when in Kyoto. Prepare for a trek going up the site. Should you get tire, the street leading up are full of stores and souvenir shops to keep you refreshed and will provide you a great memento of your visit.

There are some maintenance work being done that restricted s visit to some of the temple areas. Nonetheless there are other awesome places to see within the complex.

Going back down you will find yourself within walking distance of Gion, the geisha district. Lots of food places to enjoy

5.03 months ago

My experience here was memorable. I entered a tunnel, shoes off, it was really dark and I had to trust the railings. I can only hear the voices of other tourists. It was a short walk in the dark, but when I saw THE Buddha inside, the light inside, it was all worth it. I wasn't scared. I had faith that I will see the Buddha.
The whole temple is beautiful. The streets on the way up. It has a lot of street foods and souvenirs to try. Though some of the restaurants are quite expensive.
Inside, are lots of temples with a beautiful view. It was on the top. Too many tourists. It is worth a climb. ❤️💯

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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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