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“Large-scale but crowded” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 #9 of 398 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Cultural
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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.
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“Large-scale but crowded”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

You can trek up the long street of trinket-sellers to visit Kiyomizu-dera, but unless you are there to worship, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the crowds, especially on weekends. There are more beautiful sights in Kyoto.

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“Stunning Temple in a very old world atmospheric part of Kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I have been to Kyoto 3 times in the past year and this temple and the area around it is now my top Kyoto attraction. It is located at the top of a winding atmospheric street, that whilst being very touristy, is fabulous for its old world atmosphere and buildings. You approach the temple through a red gate and to its right is a lovely pagoda. The complex has various shrines and subtemples that are all worth exploring. One of the first buildings has an underground area where you walk in the dark in what is called the womb of Buddha where there is a centre round stone at the core. I imagine on a quiet day with few visitors, it is quite atmospheric but on the day we went it was full of giggling schooolkids which really killed the atmosphere! It cost from memory about 200 yen to go down there. Passing the pagoda you head to the main part of the building which has an amazing wooden balcony overlooking the green hillside. Many people congregate here for photos and you get a lovely view of part of Kyoto. Keep walking around the corner to the left and you come across stairs leading up to a Love Shrine where again more giggling schoolkids were sharing their love fortunes with each other. You can continue walking back down and around and get a view of the wooden balcony which is the picture you see in all the tourist magazines etc. Then walk down to a fountain where many of the locals are cleansing themselves. There is also a little open restaurant overlooking beautiful greenery and a garden. I found this to be one of the most interesting and stunning temples I have seen in Japan (and I have seen quite a few now!) and it is not my number 1 place to take visitors to. Make sure you allocated half a day to then explore the meandering streets that veer off from this temple and stop and have lunch in this area. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes tucked down little alleys. But prepared for hordes of tourists!

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“Loved it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Beautifully situated in a luscious mountainous area that offers magical views of Kyoto. The shrine itself, all wood has a majestic feel. If you are an adventurer make sure to check out some of the mountain paths behind the shrine which allows one to truly appreciate the wonderful nature surrounding Kyoto.

Visited September 2013
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“Gorgeous sunset”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We visited at the end of the afternoon so we were at the perfect place for the gorgeous sunset! A great moment for us. Kiyomizu has a special ambiance and we loved it. Temple is closed at 6pm and at 6:10pm they set the lights on, so just wait 10 min and enjoy the view!

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“If you have time in Kyoto, visit it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Not to be kept on priority list but still it falls like in the top 5 places of attraction in Kyoto.
I had planned it evening and by the time I was there, i.e. around 5:15pm , it already started getting dark so could see much.
Huge campus and you should roam all around the place to see the over all beauty of the place.
You get to see whole of Kyoto from this temple and if you want to see the night city, go to this place in evening.
Temple closes the entrance at 6pm.

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