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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan (Gion Higashiyama/Kita Shirakawa/Kurama/Yase/Ohara)
+81 75-551-1234
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Ranked #5 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
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Type: Religious Sites, Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers spectacular views of the... more » Owner description: This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers spectacular views of the city and valley below. « less
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Kiyomizu-dera was the first place I saw on my independant sightseeing tour of Kyoto. Unfortunately I made a late start from the hotel and did not get there until around ten in the morning, by which time the main street leading up to the temple complex was simply packed full of people. The situation was just the same in the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Visiting at night the temples and cherry blossoms were all lit up. Beautiful views of these as well as the city skyline. Highlight was the little lake reflecting illuminated cherry blossoms - simply magical. An absolute must for a trip to Kyoto.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Even if the most crowded among the temples I've seen, I think it cannot be skypped in any case: first of all as it is one of the city's symbles, wordly reknown, and then as it has an incredible view on the city and the valley!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Very busy season to visit this temple. Some common areas were under renovation. The temple looks majestic. I enjoyed walking the slope from bus stop to the temple. So many shops to scout for interesting souvenirs and free sampling of Kyoto soft cakes.

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Kiyomizu-dera temple was probably our favorite site in Kyoto, and we almost didn't go! We were there on the last weekend in March (peak cherry blossom season) and decided to go late in the afternoon. The approach to the temple (up a long, steep, winding road) is lined with fascinating little shops that sell both food and souvenirs. When we... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

One of the must-see temples in Kyoto, beautiful buildings and scenery with abundant cherry blossoms in spring. However, be prepared to talk a long walk up winding roads from the bus stop, unless you take a taxi.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Kiyomizu-dera is a beautiful temple offering excellent views out to the downtown Kyoto area. The walk up to the temple from the bus stop offers a wide variety of cafes, snack shops, and tourist grabs (all of which are worth a look). Might as well go up hungry and enjoy the food on the way up (or at least the... More

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Candelaria, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The complex is cute so you can take amazing fotos of it and enjoy seeing some visitors dressed up with kimonos. Some of the buildings are being renovated now.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Kiyomizudera is one of the most visited temples in Kyoto, which means it's very crowded most of the time. If you want to avoid the crowds, especially during peak travel times, I suggest arriving at 0600 when it opens. We visited around 0800 and there were already lots of large tour groups there. Significant portions of the temple also are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I can't understand why people complain about the crowds at sights in Kyoto. I was here on a Sunday at the height of the cherry blossom season, so I can't imagine it gets much busier, but the sheer number of people and their wonderful behaviour are an integral part of the visit which begins with a fun walk up a... More

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