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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5.0a month ago

One of my favorite temple to visit.... just walking up there with all those nice shops and restaurants selling beautiful souvenirs then when you reach the temple, the place and view is amazing. If you like to take pictures, you will not be disappointed! On top of that, there are so many girls wearing their kimonos and if you ask them politely they will let you take pictures of them! There's also a path that you can follow... it will take you away from the crowd since most people are busy taking pics with the temple.

5.0a week ago

Unfortunately when I went it was still under construction. You can still go in while it's under construction though. The inside is very beautiful and the view from the balconies were great. There's a loop you can walk around with smaller shrines inside as well as food and other interests. There's also an underground twisting winding pitch black shrine thing that was very cool to walk through.

4.02 weeks ago

Great temple to go to w lots to do. There are lots of shops before you get to this temple. There’s a dragon statute out front of the temple. It cost ¥400 for adults to go inside. There’s a water fall inside to do some praying. You can pray for 1. Success in school 2. Finding love or 3. Longevity. You cannot pray for more than 1 wish. There are some wild cats living there. This temple is known for having a big Buddha hanging in the middle of the main temple. We did not see this big Buddha since the main temple was closed. You can also pay ¥100 to get a prayer reading. If you get an unlucky reading, you can fold this up n tie it on the metal rods outside of the temple area to get rid of the unlucky reading.

5.0a month ago

This place is amazing and a must visit! We easily spent a few hours here. We actually went through the back, from the mountain, into the area instead of fighting the crowd and going through the main street with all the vendors and stores. But we walked around the front after visiting the main hall.

The main hall was under renovations during our visit in June, but I believe it will finish in 2020. But the place instead is huge! Can walk around the garden and temple. Super relaxing and peaceful.

Definitely a must visit! But again, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to stay. I will also recommend going on a weekday if possible. It's going to be be crowded regardless because this place is really well known, but it will be much less in comparison to weekends.

5.0in the last week

Fantastic temple, absolutely to be visited. Being a very famous tourist destination, the place is packed with visitors, especially in high season. Nevertheless it retains its unique appeal. In summer bring plenty of water and don't miss on shopping for traditional items in the little streets near by

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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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