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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5.0in the last week

A spectacular temple in Kyoto. Definitely recommended if you are in Kyoto. The temple looks over the city with fantastic views. The area nearby the temple is a great place to walk around the do some shopping for souvenirs. As with most of the temples in Kyoto it is very busy, which can take away from the peaceful experience of a temple. Recommended to visit earlier in the day if you can.

5.0in the last week

Absolutely beautiful temple and a must go if you're going to Kyoto. I have only been in summer and it can get super busy here in the afternoon so try to get there early. Buses are helpful and take you to all major sites. Tourist 101 spot and the view is spectacular

5.03 weeks ago

Very nice but way too crowded. We walked uphill next to the cemetery, which is impressive. Spend 20 min up top, next to Americans, Japanese,... 100 other tourists. It has a very nice view over the city. So even with all those people, I would still recommend it.

4.0in the last week

This is a nice temple to wander around, with the attraction of being able to drink or wash your hands in the 'purest' water. It's a good place for spotting Japanese sightseers who have rented kimonos and yukatas just for the day. It's a popular activity when visiting Kyoto. A really nice shopping street leads up to it, with all kinds of Japanese stuff including kimonos, fans, painted cups, bags, t shirts and lots more. And there are some nice Japanese restaurants and cafes along the path.

4.0a month ago

Very attractive shrine / temple set on the side of a hill overlooking Kyoto. It can be very busy with tourists and schoolkids so it's probably best to go earlier in the day. We were there on a beautiful sunny day and had great views looking over the city. It's a bit of a walk up to the shrine through small, narrow streets and past shops.

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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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