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
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4.0in the last week

Good shrine to visit but currently under construction. You can still enter the main shrine but it's covered in scaffolds so isn't quite as pretty as it normally would be.

Quite a lot to see here and the roads leading up to the shrine have a large variety of shops and cafes. Certainly a good visit if you have time!

4.03 weeks ago

I must admit that I do like this temple. It’s considered one of the best tourist attractions of the Kyoto-area, and it’s very scenic. However I must admit that it is a little bit too crowded and prices of the things around (tea places) are way too high. But business is business and it’s all right to pay a little bit more for the experience :)
The area is really pretty!

(Picture: left - August 2015, right - November 2018)

5.02 weeks ago

The Kiyomizu shrine is probably one of the most breathtaking shrines in Kyoto. A big part of the appeal is the location, since it was built up in the mountains and you get a nice view over Kyoto as soon as you're inside the shrine.
Unfortunately, the shrine was undergoing a constructional maintenance during our visit, and the walls were covered by construction material, but that wasn't a big deal for us.

5.0a week ago

It's a pretty long walk (uphill) to get to the temple so make sure to bring water. I would recommend to get here before 10 am to avoid most of the tourists. It is a beautiful temple and it is worth a visit.

5.04 weeks ago

Beautiful place with many shops lining the path. Do be careful that you don't get heatstroke while walking up as and try your best to stay shaded. The view at the top was totally worth it and taking photos was quite fun.

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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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