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

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5.06 months ago

The first place I went to on my last trip to Japan back in Sept'19. It did not disappoint, a really great place to visit to start my trip. I stayed in an inn located around 5-10 minutes walk from the Kiyomizu-dera and I got there around 7 am, where it was really quite and very calm. The temple itself is really beautiful, even though it was still renovated and the roof was covered, it was still majestic. The scenery around the temple is also beautiful and amazing, as you can see whole Kyoto from here.
I read that the roof renovation is already finished, the temple will be more magnificent on my next visit.

5.04 months ago

Great during the day or at night. Made extra special but the old shops and streets as you walk up. Can be a bit of a steep slope but worth every step for the panoramic views and peaceful wooden structure. One of a kind.

5.09 months ago

Absolutely worth a visit. The nature is stunning, the old temples very beautiful and breathtaking and the view is just beautiful. We visited during the rainy season (yesterday), but the rain wasn't an issue. It was so worth it.
We came with a pram and it was easily accessible. It's a little steep here and there. But
You can reach everything. Our toddler enjoyed running around and my infant peacefully slept. There were nappy changing stations.

5.02 months ago

A must-see in Kyoto. The real value of the temple is combination of traditional architecture with location on a hill. You can see the whole old town from the top. Sometimes you have push your way through crowds, but the place is great anyway.

5.0in the last week

A must visit. Take your time and slowly walk around enjoying the marvelous structure. The entry fee is 400 yen. You can visit at night only few times a year. Went again at night. It was beautiful.

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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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