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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 339 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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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The temple - the main wooden structure on poles - is really amazing. But the whole complex with the way up the hill towards the complex is way toooooo crowded, with loads of cheap gift shops, food stalls, bus after bus, etc. It really was mayhem and looking back I'm not sure it was such a highlight as i expected... More

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

we were lucky to come on one of the last days of "night viewing" where the temple was lit up during sakura season. otherwise we would not have been able to enter as we arrive past 5pm. it is a pleasant circuit to walk through and the wood columns holding up the structure was pretty impressive.

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This a place that al tourist come to when visiting Kyoto. It is always busy every time I have come here. The best way to avoid these crowds is to avoid the busiest times. Avoid 10am to 4pm if you want to avoid peak crowds. I would recommend to hit here early as possible. Then checkout the souvenir stores nearby... More

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rotterdam
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Based on the number of visitors this must be one of the highlights of Kyoto. Sadly the amount of people, the carnival like atmosphere and the temple itself take away a lot of the enjoyment of such a sacred place. It is more like walking the shopping streets of a big city on a Saturday afternoon. Yes all the tours... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit with beautiful scenery however was very crowded with tourist. only mange to see one tree with cherry blossom. Down the hill with lots of souvenirs shops. Bought a lot of souvenirs ie: key chains, fridge magnet, bamboo chopsticks and not to be missed kimono girl dolls. Good exercise for walking up and and down the hill.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

A great start to our day, climb past a selection of nice shops to the temple. The views across Kyoto are excellent and the temple is very grand, built on wooden pillars over a cliff. Worth the walk to the pagoda to see the grounds and great views back to the main hall.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

From this temple you can walk in the hill and tο enjoy the view fron the top. Ideal place to take photos.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Recommended to purchase their sightseeing transport pass. They have all sorts of transport pass e.g one day city bus pass 500Yen, (https://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/transport.html) Take bus 100 (longest queue) but bus frequency is fast so the queue moves quickly. Not sure about the rest of the world, but boarding is only from the back door and you only pay your fare when... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Be sure to take a nice walk along the quaint streets of ninen-zaka and sannen-zaka to Kiyomizu temple. We went at 8.30pm and not many shops were open. The temple however remains open till 10pm for a certain period during spring. There wasn't much of a crowd at that hour making it a pleasant temple visit with beautiful views to... More

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Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

a lot of renovations being done. Full of people and tours as it is nearer the center of Kyoto. there is a long line for the bus to go there in the morning. Not much sakura near the temple.

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