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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

At the time of my visit, the main temple/viewing balcony was undergoing renovations and it will likely take a year at least so bear that in mind. It's still worth going because the area has many restaurants and souvenir shops and it's quite lively. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must visit temple when in Kyoto. Nice gentle uphill walk from bus stop with nice shops. Great views from top.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adea2013
Reviewed yesterday

Should visit at night , thats when it really gets into you. Rich clear colour can be seen following the spot light beam...... a good walk from the bus stop all the way to the top for an awesome view of Kyoto's night lights. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful temple up on the hills. Steep walk, but worth it. We were there during the fall and the colors of the foliage were gorgeous. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ronin28
Reviewed 2 days ago

Again, if your in Kyoto you have to have been there once. Absolutely stunning. Unfortunately until 2020 covered up due to Restauration work but still an amazing place to visit with amazing views.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wanderwolke
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Sadly, the main temple was under repairs. Otherwise, this is a really beautiful place. Would come back again one day after it is restored to see it's full glory.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was put a high expectation when visit the Kiyomizudera Temple. And it turns into a "just okay" visit. First, we stop at Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, as it was mentioned as the nearest station. And indeed it was a 20 minutes walking uphill. well, thanks to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank detakulitjeruk
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful architecture and beautiful views. Very busy though! We wrote more about our time at Kiyomizu-dera on our blog randrwander if you are interested in hearing more about our trip there!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank randrwander
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Superb scenery, especially at night at falls season. It is better to have a guide that can speak English to explain whole things inside it

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank abdij0gja
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The place is at height which gives a beautiful view of Tokyo city, with colourful trees surrounding the area, this is a place not to be missed

Date of experience: December 2018
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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.
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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