Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Attraction Kiyomizu-dera 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862 Japan Published on: 29-02-2016

2 hours 30 mins
06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
08:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Landmark
Outdoor
Scenic
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
4.00 USD

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Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺?), officially named Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺?) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto.

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Why Kiyomizu-dera Temple is special ?

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺?), officially named Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺?) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is located halfway up Otowa Mountain in the eastern part of Kyoto City, Kiyomizu-dera is a historic temple that was established in 778, even before Kyoto became the capital of Japan.


Since its foundation, the temple has burned down many times. Most of the current buildings were rebuilt by the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu in the early Edo period (1631 to 1633).


The Main Hall (Hondo) of the temple is designated as a national treasure. The temple has many other important cultural properties including the Deva gate, west gate, three-storied pagoda and bell tower. In 1994, it was registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.


Source: http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp

What to explore at Kiyomizu-dera Temple?

Visiting Kiyomizudera, you can see a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. Behind Kiyomizu Dera main hall stands Jishu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking. In front of the shrine are two stones, placed 18 meters apart. Successfully finding your way from one to the other with your eyes closed is said to bring luck in finding love.

The Otowa Waterfall is located at the base of Kiyomizu Dera main hall. Its waters are divided into three separate streams, and you use cups attached to long poles to drink from them. Each stream's water is said to have a different benefit, namely to cause longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life.

You can admire the other structures on the spacious temple grounds, the Okunoin Hall, which resembles the main hall on a smaller scale and has also a stage. Near the Okunoin are halls dedicated to Shaka Buddha (the historical Buddha) and Amida Buddha, as well as a small hall with nearly 200 stone statues of Jizo, the protector of children and travelers. The three-storied Koyasu Pagoda stands among the trees in the far southern end of the temple grounds, and a visit is said to bring about an easy and safe childbirth.

Around the entrance of Kiyomizudera you can find a repository for sutras, large entrance gates and the Zuigudo Hall.

Source: http://www.japan-guide.com

How to get to Kiyomizu-dera Temple?

From JR Kyoto Station:

City Bus (Kyoto Transportation Bureau): Get off at the Gojozaka Stop on Route 206 bound for Higasihama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal or Route 100 bound for Kiyomizu-dera Gion/Ginkaku-ji and walk 10 minutes.

Kyoto Bus (operation on Saturdays and holidays only): Get off at the Higashiyama Gojo Stop on Route 18 bound for Ohara and walk 10 minutes.

From Kiyomizu Gojo Station on the Keihan Line : Approximately 25 minutes on foot

From Kawaramachi Station (Shijo Kawaramachi) on the Hankyu Line and Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line:

City Bus (Kyoto Transportation Bureau): Get off at the Kiyomizu-michi Stop on Route 207 bound for Tofukuji/Kujo Shako and walk 10 minutes.

Keihan Bus: Get off at the Kiyomizu-michi Stop or the Gojozaka Stop on Route 83, 85, 87, 88, 88, etc. and walk 10 minutes.

From Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line :

City Bus (Kyoto Transportation Bureau): Get off at the Gojozaka Stop on Route 206 bound for Higasihama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal or Route 100 bound for Kiyomizu-dera Gion/Ginkaku-ji and walk 10 minutes.

Source: http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/

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  • Best bang for your buck in Kyoto
  • Worth a visit every different season
  • Stunning Views, Amazing Temple
  • Gorgeous views, beautiful Cherry blossoms
  • Lovely gardens with three waterfalls
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Total travel distance
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Kiyomizu-dera 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862 Japan

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Tips for you

  • Toilet is available.
    Toilet
  • You should ask permission before taking photography.
    Photography
  • This is reverent place, you should wear polite clothes.
    What to wear
  • Smoking is forbidden. You must not write on the wall of temple. You must remember not to pick flowers, cut down twigs.
    Rule
  • You should not throw garbage away.
    Environment
  • During the season of special night opening, the gate is closed once at the ordinary closing time and later re-opened.
    Timming
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
    Safety
  • This temple is very crowded, you should get early in the morning.
    Experience
  • There is no parking at the site of Kiyomizu-dera. Kyoto City Parking (phone: 075-561-4601) and private parking lots can be found at the foot of the entrance path and nearby
    Parking
  • On the special night, you have to pay: JPY 400 ( $4) for adult JPY200 ($2) for primary and junior high school students.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • The season of special night opening is often held in spring, summer and autumn.
    Events

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This is truly one of the most magnificent structures still standing in Kyoto! The main hall constructed in the 1600's for the Tokugawa shogunate, sits on a steep slope on the side of Otowa Mountain, and was constructed entirely without nails! The view of the city is quite panoramic on clear days. There are a number of visitors who wait in queues to drink from the waters of Otowa waterfall, which then feeds three streams for visitors to drink from for good health, long life, and success in school. There is also a display before entering the main hall, of steel gates or sandals, and heavy steel spear, carried by a monk during his pilgrimage to the temple. There are a number of small shops that line Matsubara Dori, the main street leading to the temple, with souvenirs, food, snacks, and local specialties. Many foreign females go to nearby shops to dress in the native dress, kimonos, and visit the temple grounds. They are very attractive! The grounds are also generously covered with sakura trees (cherry blossom) that were in full bloom splendor during our well-timed visit!

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One of the most famous landmarks of Kyoto is Kiyomizu-dera. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the finalist for the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007

This place just blew me away, i can see why it’s a world heritage site! This is a much bigger and more impressive than i firstly imagined! You walk in and immediately are blown away by the scale of the place. I have absolutely no idea how they could have done this and it absolutely blows my mind imagining how they could possibly have done something of this scale. Walking around you see an amazing array of buildings from massive gates to bells and large multi-tiered pagodas. As you walk around you can go down into a building which is totally pitch black and you find your way around using a beaded rope and you get to the end with a japanese character which in my research i found out means turn the stone and make a wish. We went around and you go from this to the top of the temple and around the top for some stunning views of kyoto at night including the kyoto tower lit up. From here you go down and around and look up to where you just came from and the scale is immense! From here you go down and can participate in a cleansing ritual in a lovely fountain and continue on to the exit and down the street and into the LARGE hill which has some lovely food and souvenier shops!

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