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Symbolic temple overlooking the city of Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Once a place that attracted many pilgrims, the temple continues to draw many people from all over the world. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the top places to visit in Kyoto, and it was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994. It is a location where you can make a blessing to Juichii-men (11-headed Kannon) and overlook the incredible view of the city. The temple was founded in the 8th century (780) and was rebuilt to its present structure in the 17th century...more (1633). Within the premises, you will find a shrine for worshiping good relationships and also several resting spots where you can try green tea and Japanese treats. We recommend that you plan to stay for at least an hour inside the temple to fully appreciate its presence!
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Kiyomizu-dera is one of the symbolic temples in Kyoto. I recommend getting the good luck charm that has a bell in it. It's unique, and it's something you can only get at this temple. Kiyomizu-dera is located up the hill and is about 10-minute walk from the nearest bus stop. On your way up to the temple, you will pass by several shops that are ideal for souvenir shopping. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes if you are going to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
Take pictures from the side
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Take Pictures From The Side
Check out the side view of Kiyomizu-dera Temple! After you walk through the main hall, or the stage, you will be walking through a pathway on the side of the main sanctuary. Enjoy the incredible view of the city as well as the side view of the stage. This area is an ideal picture taking spot! During the Edo period, people would jump off of the 13 meter high stage with the belief that if survived, one’s wish will be granted. Out of those people who jumped, 85.4 % survived.
Cleanse your soul with pure water of Kiyomizu
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Cleanse Your Soul With Pure Water Of Kiyomizu
On your way back down after going through the main sanctuary, you will find Otowa-no-taki, a waterfall that have been continuously streaming for thousands of years. The meaning of the name, "Kiyomizu," originates from the pure water that runs in the area. Go ahead and participate in cleansing your soul with this streaming pure water.
Look for the Ojizo-sama statues
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Look For The Ojizo-sama Statues
Look for these Ojizo-sama statues. Located within premises of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the statues are located off the path from the entrance. Ojizo-sama statues are often spotted across Japan and are considered as the guardians of children. Usually the statues are of children who died before their parents. The bibs are placed to protect them in their afterlife.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
Taking pictures from the main sanctuary, or the stage, is prohibited. At the main sanctuary, you will encounter an area where sticks of incense are placed. To light an incense, please put in ¥10 in the box where non-lit incense are placed. Precede to the fire, light it, and then place it along with the other lit incense.
Kiyomizudera temple Appearance Photo
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Categories Temples & Shrines
Phone +81 75-551-1234
Address 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
Directions 10-minute walk from Gojyo-zaka Bus stop
25-minute walk from Keihan Gojyo Stn
Hours 6am - 6pm
For special night time light-ups, temple reopens for the night depending on the season
Reservations Not accepted
Closed Open everyday
Notes Take a look at their website for the event schedules. Occasionally, the temple reopens at night for light-up events.
Fee ¥400/adult
¥200/middle or elementary school child
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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English brochures are available
Information English information is available
Languages spoken Japanese only
Kiyomizu-dera Temple +81 75-551-1234 ¥400/adult ¥200/middle or elementary school child 2/3

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