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
Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 38.7km) Google Transit

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4.02 weeks ago

One of the best and largest traditional Buddhist temple. Very crowded with tourists and students. The main architecture building external is under maintenance, internal still open for visitors. A small token fee to enter the main building. The fall colors were fabulous. A short hike enables you to view the city from the top. At night, the illumination lightning was marvelous. Shrine / trees and gardens were light out. Professional photographers were on standby with tripods and cameras, waiting to capture the best moment. We took a lot of photos. Good selection of food stalls outside the shrine for refreshments. If you would like to stay for the illumination light, visit after your lunch. But, wear warm clothing as it is cold.

5.02 weeks ago

The temple is very interesting to see, lots of historical thing to learn if you are into history. The temple is still under renovation to preserve the old wood construction. Hopefully it can be completed soon. But you still can enjoy the scenery though without-any issue.
From this place you can view the surrounding temple nicely if the weather clear.

5.0in the last week

Popular tourist attraction with good reason. Lots to see and plentiful shops nearby with lots of goodies. If you head up to the top of the temple there are fantastic views of Kyoto. Part of it is undergoing renovations but you can still enjoy yourself here.

5.0a month ago

One of my favorite place in Kyoto - one of the best example of traditional Japanese Buddhist architecture. Elegant Buddha temple and park. I have been here 2 times in March 2018 and June 2019. Unfortunately this place under construction. But it’s really magic. I advise to visit it during evening or night. From the early morning to the deep evening a lot of tourists here.

4.03 weeks ago

One star less because the main hall observation deck is still under restoration. However the autumn foliage scenery is beautiful. Pity that I arrived during sunset and the night illumination period has ended. Autumn foliage view are to be enjoy during day time under bright sunlight. It gives a vibrant color to your eyes and camera.

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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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