Kiyomizu-dera Temple


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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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Wei Fang Chong

I visited Kiyomizu-dera late April 2017, and the main hall was under construction/maintainence. We could still go inside to look at the interior of the main hall, but the exterior was covered with scaffolding - which was a shame since the photographs looked less impressive than I would like them to be!

Sutheemon Lertsakuncharoen

Went there early in the morning (around 7), it was almost empty :) very nice nature, and has a view of the city as well. The temple structures were generally beautiful. Don't forget to take a drink from either one of the three streams of water :D

Asha Mehta

Nice view from the top, but rather crowded. At the base of the temple, drink from one of the 3 steams of water flowing down to boost longevity, academic success or love life! The temple is especially beautiful in autumn.


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