Kiyomizu-dera Temple




The Kiyomizu temple harks back 1,200 years since its foundation and gets its name, meaning “pure water temple”, from the pure waters of the waterfall. It is located on top of a peak on the Higashiyama mountain range and is famous for its wooden stage that seemingly protrudes into the air, 13m above the ground, that was used for noh performances to worship the gods.

The temple and its stage offer a spectacular view of sakura in spring and red maple leaves in autumn. However, after the spring of 2017, the main temple building and the stage will be closed for repair and unveiled again only in 2020, so do try to catch the last spring season before then.

After capturing your photo with the Kiyomizudera from the classic angle, framing the main temple and pagoda in the background, proceed along the one-way path that leads you down the mountain towards the Otawa Waterfall. Here, you will find three streams of water flowing out from three sources, and visitors can drink from them – each is supposed to represent longevity, academic success and a blessed love life respectively. Drinking from all three, however, is generally considered greedy and frowned upon.

The Kiyomizudera Temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect of Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hossa sect in 1965. It was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. Visitors pay respect to Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, here.



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Danica Ann Unrada

Known as part of unesco world heritage site, this temple is currently under construction as of the moment but still many tourists love to gaze at its beauty. From the site itself, tourists will appreciate an overlooking view of Kyoto.

Jay Bowler

Kiyomizu-dera is one of my most treasured places in Japan that I have been so lucky to visit twice in two years. The views from the top of the temple are glorious on a sunny sakura season day. The walk up to the temple has various shops and souvenir stalls that are sure to attract the tourist in you, selling a wide variety of Kyoto goods, but as the walk goes on, the excitement of seeing Kyoto from high up is the best part.

The view of the temple from the far side as pictured is incredible, especially with the sakura or autumn leaves glimmering below. The place has reduced me to tears twice because of it's sheer beauty and that is no exaggeration. It feels romantic, otherworldly, and it screams of old style Japan, juxtaposed with the modern Kyoto city background, it is a place forever etched in my memory. Cannot wait to visit again.

Eri Lin

The temple is currently under construction, and the building materials does mar part of Kiyomizu-dera's beauty. If your time is very limited in Kyoto, I would recommend saving the temple for your next trip (to save both time and money)!


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