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Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

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Must see · Historic Site · Religious Site
Have your wishes granted at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, an independent Buddhist temple and World Heritage Site dating back to 1633. Constructed during the Heian period, the main temple and its famous stage were built without using nails. From the stage, look out onto the treetops below and the view of Kyoto in the distance. In the temple complex, drink from the three streams of the Otowa waterfall, whose waters are believed to have wish-granting powers. At the Jishu shrine to the god of love and matchmaking, try to walk between two stones with your eyes closed: those who are successful will also successfully find love. To visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto day trip app.
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  • A trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a must if visiting Kyoto. You see photos of this grand temple almost everywhere. There is an entrance fee to visit the temple, I think it was worth it. You get to...  more »
  • Loved the attraction except for some things being closed due to Covid. Secondly, arranging transportation there is a bit of a hassle to figure out at first. We ended up taking a bus to get us to one.....  more »
  • The first place I went to on my last trip to Japan back in Sept'19. It did not disappoint, a really great place to visit to start my trip. I stayed in an inn located around 5-10 minutes walk from the Kiyomizu-dera and I got there around 7 am, where it was really quite and very calm. The temple itself is really beautiful, even though it was still renovated and the roof was covered, it was still majestic. The scenery around the temple is also beautiful and amazing, as you can see whole Kyoto from here. I read that the roof renovation is already finished, the temple will be more magnificent on my next visit.
  • Great during the day or at night. Made extra special but the old shops and streets as you walk up. Can be a bit of a steep slope but worth every step for the panoramic views and peaceful wooden structure. One of a kind.

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