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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Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-294 map map Map
[Gates open]6:00
[Gates shut]18:00(depending on the season)
open everyday
[Admission fee] [Adult] 400yen [Small/Junior high school students] 200yen
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* Due to the construction of the main hall roof, the same view as the photo cannot be seen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Steep walk
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.03.03
    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
  • Awesome experience
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.21
    Awesome temple with amazing views of Kyoto. The walk up to the street to the temple is a great experience also. There are plenty of food and novelty shops and I recommend trying the cucumber on a...
  • Beautiful - lots of steps though!
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.20
    So, this is the entrance part of the huge temple complex. There are quite a few steps! But the statues are brilliant and it was fascinating to see the before and after where some parts have been...

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