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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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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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1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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The brightest temple that i saw in Kyoto with its interesting geographical features and natural environment

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank aruframlan
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great view of the city for the free to go zone of the temple. Paying 500 yen will let you go into the innermost area where you can see the famous love stone. Definitely worth paying to enter. Visit when the sun is setting for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kam436
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited the temple mid-day, which meant crowded streets walking up towards Kiyomizu, and long times to enter the temple for its views. Recommend going as early as you can (like most attractions in Kyoto) in order to avoid the crowds.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Janis P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Impressive views, massive crowds, well worth the trip if you are in southeastern Kyoto. Iconic site in Kyoto.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tangemanm
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Kiyomizudera 1 of the best temple in Kyoto. I visit this temple around 8.30am, stil few people, I can enjoy see temple and surrounding view freely. Temple it self elegant and surrounding by good view. After visit this, I walk to historical walking path ‘sannenzaka’...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jauharsyah_Pane
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I want to go for this place Again.It was so nice.The enviroment was really good and Pleasant.See u again !!

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

The temple was under renovations at the time we visited which necessitated bamboo scaffolding and other building materials which covered the temple. While not opportune for photographs, the temple and grounds were still incredible to experience and definitely one of my favourite temples to visit...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kiwiboyeh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here before and enjoyed the sight of this temple that sits up high on the hill. This time we were disappointed because the main temple was under construction and covered with scaffolding ruining the whole majestic feel of the temple. It was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ROCruiser
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So much to see and do at this grand temple sight, giving a magnificent view of Kyoto. The surrounding streets are lovely too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jacintab913
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spoilt trip due to gardeners using a blower machine, actually several for the hour we were there in the middle of the day. Use a broom is smarter and more in keeping with the ambiance of a temple or do it in the morning, sorry...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 7136janee
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October 15, 2018|
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Response from Nananyna3 | Reviewed this property |
I think we spent there about two hours and I don't think we missed on anything major. I wouldn't try to do it in just one hour, because there is definitely a lot to see.
October 13, 2018|
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Response from redlight114 | Reviewed this property |
The scaffolding was still there on part of the temple. I thought there was plenty to still see...very beautiful structures still to see. I would still recommend seeing it. Everything inside was still open and accessible also.
August 18, 2018|
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Response from Angelba | Reviewed this property |
the buses in Kyoto are the best way of accessing most sights, including kiyomizu-dera. your hotel should be able to give you the bus TT or go to information at Kyoto station.
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Short Trip to Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo (15 Replies)
Hello Have planned the below for our short 6Day trip ...can you please advise if its realistic and Do-able esp the Kyoto Leg.... Day 1- 2130hrs – Arrive in Osaka...UNFORTUNATELY, the DAYS OVER Day 2- Brekkie Osaka Castle Lunch Nara deer park Shinsaibashi Day 3- Check out and head to Kyoto Dump luggage @ hotel Kiyomizu Dera Temple Sannen zaka and Ninen Zaka Kodaiji Temple Chion Temple Dinner at GION Some advise please: *Possible to cover the above within half a...More
September 27, 2015|
Response fromSerenetml|
Just wat I needed... Thanks so much!!
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Restaurant between Kiyomizu-dera temple & Gion (4 Replies)
I've mapped out an itinerary, to visit the Kiyomizu-dera temple in the morning and then walk towards Gion afterwards. Are there any recommended restaurants along the way? I'm looking for something a bit substantial - like sukiyaki or kaiseki, but also open to other Japanese cuisine options. I'm trying to have a better lunch and a lighter dinner, trying to save money than doing the other way around. Are there any places you would recommend along the way?
October 27, 2012|
Response fromdahokolomok|
Thanks for the recommendations! I actually ended up asking my hotel to book a later lunch at Kikunoi Roan - it seemed like quite a good deal, and I think two Michelin stars is high enough a quality for us ;) I have added the others to my list of places, and will see where I can fit them in during the other days I am in Kyoto!
3D stay at Osaka/Kyoto - Shld I get the Kansai Thru Pass? (2 Replies)
Hi, My friends and I will be travelling to Osaka/Kyoto for 3 days. Our planned itinerary is as follows: Day 1: KIX - Osaka (Namba) >> This is likely to be our only ride for the day as we intend to explore around Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori area after checking into our hotel. Day 2: Osaka(Namba)- Kyoto - Osaka >> 1 day in Kyoto visiting the following: a) Nishiki Market in the morning b) Walk from Ginkakuji Temple to Nanzenji Temple to Kiyomizu-dera Temple c)...More
June 19, 2008|
Response fromShot|
Hate this to be a real downer, but the way I see your itinerary, you won't even get break-even buying a Kansai Thru Pass. A couple of thoughts on Kansai Thru Pass here: unlike JR Pass holders, you are denied the privilege to ride JR trains, which means 1)even with that pass, coming down from KIX to Namba (or going up from Namba to KIX for that matter also)is NOT free of the train surcharge for Rapi:t, the name of the limited express going from / to KIX to / from Namba. Yes, when you decide...More