Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.

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Update date:2024.06.23

Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-294 map map Map
[Gates open] 6:00
[Gates shut]18:00 (7 Aug. Gates shut 18:30)
*Evenings in spring, summer and autumn 21:00 Information desk closed during special visit periods
[Admission fee] [Adult] 400yen [Small/Junior high school students] 200yen
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Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Choose your desire...!
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.20
    Its great fun watching everyone queueing for these three streams - which one will they want to go for? Apparently you should only choose one!
  • A MUST
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.22
    I actually paid for the entrance to the temple just to visit this. I went through the ritual that is required to get either health, wealth or long life not know which water stream is which.
  • Pure Water Temple
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.05
    Theres usually a line, but it takes just a few minutes. You carry a metal pole with the cup at the end to catch the pure water coming out of the 3 spouts. It can get quite heavy so be sure to hold...

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