Spots in Around Kiyomizu-Dera Temple Area

  • Tofuku-ji Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-778
    Construction of this large temple was begun in 1236 by the regent Kujo Michiie, who wanted to enshrine Kyoto’s largest monastery. The construction ultimately took 19 years to complete. The temple’s spacious grounds are home to such highlights as Japan’s oldest main temple gate (a designated National Treasure), and a toilet constructed in the Zen style as well as a temple nave decorated with a painting of a dragon on its ceiling (both Important Cultural Properties). Four gardens are distributed to the east, west, north, and south sides of the grounds, and each offers charming but different scenery. The northern garden in particular, with its checkerboard of moss and stones, is a must-see.

    wandered here through the sennyu-ji temple, a beautiful area. maple trees just starting to turn colors. we were visiting beloved kyoto for our third and most likely last time. lucky to be able to...

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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    32 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-294
    A famous Buddhist temple located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The temple is said to have been started when the priest Enchin enshrined a thousand-armed statue of Kannon above the Otowa Waterfall in 778. The main temple nave enshrines a standing figure of an eleven-faced Kannon and is built in the elegant Shinden-zukuri style. The Kiyomizu Stage jutting out over the Cliffside offers a sweeping view of the streets of Kyoto and blooming cherry trees, verdant plant life, or autumn foliage depending on the season, making it a popular photo spot. The three channeled Otowa Waterfall is said to provide benefits such as long life and people line up to drink its waters. Bustling with students on a school excursion as well as tourists both domestic and international, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist sites.

    Its a steep walk going up the Kiyomizu dera main stage so make sure to have lots of energy. But the view is extremely picturesque especially when it snows

  • Sohonzan Chishakuin Temple
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    237 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Higashiojishichijou Shitaru Higashikawara Town, 964
    Located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, this is the head temple of the Shingon Chisan sect of Buddhism. The full name of the temple is the Iobuzan Negoro-ji Chishakuin Temple. The temple was originally located on Mt. Negoro in the former Kii Province, but it was burned down by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and later rebuilt by head priest Genyu in Higashiyama. The temple stores and protects a number of Momoyama period sliding door paintings, including the Hasegawa Tohaku school Image of Cherries and Image of Maples, which are designated National Treasures. The temple’s garden, a designated Place of Scenic Beauty, is said to have been a favorite of tea ceremony master Sen no Rikyu and is a rare extant example of an early artificial hill and pond-style garden. Visited by a great number of people each year, the garden is particularly beautiful from the end of May to the end of June when the azalea’s come in bloom.

    It is the headquarters of Shingon sect. Chishaku-in is a big temple in Higashiyama area, but strangely there are not many foreign tourists. To enter the premises is free. But if you go there, I...

  • Jishu-jinja Shrine
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    179 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-317
    A Shinto shrine located just to the north of the main sanctuary in the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto that is popular with young women and couples due to its dedication to a god of marriage. There are two love fortune-telling stones located 10 meters apart from each other on the grounds and it is said one will achieve true love if one is able to reach one stone from the other while your eyes are closed. The main shrine, front shrine, and main gate are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties. In 1994, due to certain historical details, it was registered as part of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple under the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site. The temple is also home to the famous Jishu Cherry, so beautiful it is said Emperor Saga turned his carriage around three times to view it again and also seen as the origin of the Japanese people’s love of cherry blossoms.

    This is the best! I have been there 8 years ago and my wish came true.Thank God! I visited there again and the staff are nice. Atmosphere is good! you must try the Love stone :P

  • Yogen-in Temple
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    117 Reviews
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    Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Sanjusangendomawari-cho
    A Jodo Shinshu Kengo-in Buddhist temple located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s concubine Yodo-dono asked Hideyoshi to build the temple in honor of her deceased father Asai Nagamasa. The temple was destroyed once but restored in 1621, after which the Tokugawa shogunate enshrine a mortuary tablet here honoring successive generations of shogun and the temple became a family cemetery for the Tokugawa clan. The main temple building was a place at Fushimi Castle that was moved here. The “Bloody Ceilings” of the left, right, and main corridors memorialize the great battle that occurred at Fushimi Castle. The temples screen paintings created by Tawaraya Sotatsu are registered Important Cultural Properties and the Image of White Elephants and Image of Lions, painted in a three dimensional style, are must-sees.

    Yogen-in temple is located just at east side of Sanjusangendo temple. It is not very known for tourists, but I found it very interesting. Two things that you cannot miss:bloody ceiling which is...

  • Yasaka Koshindo Temple
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    56 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kinenchou 390
    Inside are colorful “kukuri saru.” Kukuri saru are charms of monkeys with their hands and feet tied, and warn people not to rush towards what they want. If one controls himself against their desire and then prays to the kukuri saru, their wish will be granted. In addition, on the six Koshin days of the year there is “konnyaku dak,” cooked konnyaku (paste made from starch of arum roots). It is said that if one faces north and silently eats three kukuri saru-shaped konnyaku, they will live with sound health.

    We had just visited the Kiyomizu Temple and were walking through the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. I happened to look down an alley to my left and saw many colorful balls, hanging like garlands from a...

  • Ninenzaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-chome
    This is a slope leading to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, its loose paving stones and lines of houses giving off a Kyoto atmosphere. It is a popular shopping spot with a number of Kyoto souvenir stores with goods including traditional confectionery, Japanese-style sundries and chirimen-sansho (dried baby sardines with Chinese pepper). It is recommended to stop for a break along the way at a cafe featuring Japanese-style sweets.
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple Otowa Waterfall
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    54 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-chome 294
    This waterfall is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto at the foot of Kiyomizu-dera Temple's stone steps, known as Kiyomizu Stage. Groundwater coming down from Mt. Otowa falls into the waterfall basin through three bamboo pipes, and is said to bring longevity, success in love, and academic improvement. In addition, you can use a ladle to drink the water from the waterfall. It is a power spot that many people come to visit.

    Its great fun watching everyone queueing for these three streams - which one will they want to go for? Apparently you should only choose one!

  • Komyoin Temple
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    69 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-809
    Komyoin Temple is a sub temple of Tofukuji Temple. Also known as “niji no kokedera” (rainbow moss temple), it is a beautiful temple with thick green moss and white sand blanketing the grounds. In spring there are of course cherry blossoms, and in autumn one can enjoy the changing leaves of Tofuku-ji Temple.

    Stunning little Rock and raked sand Zen garden almost totally overlooked by the tourist buses, landscaped garden behind with a wall of stunning flowering azaleas. Perfect tranquil spot to unwind...

  • Toyokuni-jinja Shrine
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    68 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yamato-dori-dori Front Chayamachi 530
    This is a Shinto shrine in the Higashiyama district dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Abandoned with the fall of Toyotomi and the orders of the House of Tokugawa, it was nevertheless rebuilt later under the imperial command of Emperor Meiji. The karamon gate, a remnant of Fushimi Castle, represents Momoyama culture and is designated a National Treasure. There are also several Important Cultural Properties on display including Hideyoshi’s six-legged Chinese-style chest stored in the shrine sanctuary.

    Toyokuni Shrine is dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a ruler of Japan in Momoyama Period. Under the reign of Tokugawa family, the shrine was abolished, but after Meiji restoration it was reinstalled...

  • Kyoto Ryozen Gokoku jinja Shrine
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    87 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Seikanjiryousanchou 1
    A Shinto shrine located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City that was established to honor patriots who worked to promote the reformation at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate. The grounds contain tombstones and cenotaphs dedicated to figures such as Sakamoto Ryoma, Nakaoka Shintaro, and Kido Takayoshi, as well as a Showa Shrine Grove commemorating military service. The adjoining Ryozen Museum of History exhibits literature and other materials related to the Meiji Restoration. On November 15, the birthday of Sakamoto Ryoma, the Ryoma Festival is held to comfort souls who benefited from his efforts. A key autumn event in Kyoto, the festival attracts throngs of people.

    Gokoku Jinjya is a shrine which is dedicated to fallen soldiers. But this one in Kyoto is different from other Gokoku Shrines, because there are graves of heroes at Bakumatsu, end of Edo Shogunate...

  • Kyoto National Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Chayachou 527
    A museum located in the Chaya-cho neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward which first opened in 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto. The museum changed to its current name in 1952. Visitors can enjoy viewing the museum’s collection of masterpieces and historic objects, including National Treasures, such as paintings, carvings, writings, and swords. The museum also holds special exhibitions.
  • Kawai Kanjiro's House
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    64 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Gojozaka Bell Castle Town 569
    This is Kawai Kanjiro’s House, a memorial hall made in the residence of the famous potter active in the Taisho and Showa periods. Built according to his own specification, the inside now displays plenty of works, design images and letters and the equipment and kiln he used while alive are still in place.

    This two-storey property provides intriguing insights into the shape and furnishings of an attractive Japanese home. The exhibits are thought-provoking. Not only a diverse collection of the ceramics...

  • Gojo-zaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu · Gojo Bridge east
    Gojo-zaka is renowned as the birthplace of Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, one of Kyoto's hallmark traditional industries, in league with Nishijin Textile and the Kyo-yuzen dyeing technique. Gojo-zaka refers to the area from Yamato-oji Street to Kiyomizu-zaka Slope. In summer the Kyoto Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival is a sign of the season. Featuring over 400 pottery dealers, it's always bustling with visitors during that period.
  • Bishamondo Shorinji Temple
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    61 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-795
    This sub-temple on the grounds of Tofukuji Temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City enshrines an image of Bishamonten. Normally, only groups can view it by appointment. However, special viewings for the public are held in spring and autumn, when many visitors come. They also hold zazen meditation and Buddhist scripture copying workshops.

    I participated in the sutra/deity image copying experience at Shorin-ji. You are led to a room that opens out to a lush green, peaceful garden and spend an hour either copying the Heart Sutra (心經) or...

  • Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
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    41 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu Buddhist temple in front of Shimokita Shimizu 3-337-1
    An art museum dedicated to collecting and displaying primarily cloisonné ware, gold and silver lacquerware, metalwork, earthenware, and carvings from the late Edo, Meiji, and Taisho periods. The owner, enchanted with the artworks of the Meiji period made with such fine technique, came up with the idea of opening a museum after attempting to purchase masterpieces from the period that had ended up overseas. The contents of the museum’s standing exhibits is completely changed out once each year. The Museum also holds special exhibitions every three months.

    Its not a very big museum, but that just adds to the whole coziness of the place. Exhibits are nicely done in a traditional way.

  • Sannenzaka (Sanneizaka)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2
    One of Higashiyama’s most famous tourist spots, this steep stone paved 100 meter hill road leads from Yasaka to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. When the Kiyomizu-dera Temple was founded in 808, this path was built for visitors. The path is lined with souvenir shops, ceramic stores, and Japanese restaurants, giving it a truly Kyoto air. The hill is also called Sanneizaka. There are many theories as to its derivation, but based on the characters which comprise it (meaning “to give birth” and “preference,” it is widely believed that it gained this name from the parishioners climbing it to reach the Koyasu-no-to and pray for a safe childbirth.
  • Chishakuin Kaikan
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Higashiojishichijou Tooru-cho, which descends 964
    This lodging facility is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. This accommodation is inside the Chishakuin Hall, the head temple for the Chizan sect of the Shingon Buddhism, but it is open to anyone. The guests may choose to attend the morning Buddhist Goma service together with the initiate monks and priests. With a private room for one night and a meal, your choice of monk fair, or Kyoto kaiseki cuisine is available.

    At first, this is not a hotel you imagine. The accomodation is run by the temple Chishaku-in. You can stay in japanese style tatami-mat room. Wide enough for 2 people. Each room doesnt have private...

  • Hokan-ji Temple (Yasaka-no-to)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu Yasaka Kami-cho 388
    A Buddhist temple famous for its five tier pagoda called the Yasakano-to located midway between Yasaka Shrine and the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There are various theories about the origins of the Hokanji Temple, but it is generally believed to have been founded in the Asuka period (593–710) as the guardian temple of the Yasaka clan. The 46 meter tall five tier pagoda is a reconstruction built in 1440 by Ashikaga Yoshinori and is a nationally designated Important Cultural Property. Visitors can go inside the pagoda to view a dais on which are placed figures of Mahavairocana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, and amoghasiddhi—the Five Perfected Ones; as well as the interior structure of the pagoda and the great central pillar supporting it.
  • Rokuharamitsuji Temple
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    Founded by the priest Kuya in 951, this is temple 17 of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage (33 temples in the Kinki area containing a statue of Avalokitesvara). The temple possesses a large number of wooden sculptures that represent the Kamakura period including the standing image of Juichimenkannon (eleven-faced Kannon), the temple’s gohonzon or principal object of worship which is designated as a National Treasure, and a standing image of Kuya (an Important Cultural Property). In recent years its Kaien Suimei omikuji fortune slips have been popular as slips of good fortune are more often drawn than not.

    「六波羅蜜寺」とは知らなくても学生さんは「六波羅探題」の名を歴史の授業で聞いたことがあるのでは。 私たちもそんな軽い気持ちで訪れてみました。 宝物館には、教科書で見たことのある「空也上人像」があります。実物を見るとまるでここにいる人のように見えてしまい、圧倒されてしまいました。「南無阿弥陀仏」と唱えた言葉がそのまま像になってしまったという、その姿に息をのんでしまいました。 その他の像も素晴らしいも...

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