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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wondrous architecture, all tongue and groove with no nails at all. Unfortunately the main building still mostly undercover so no great photos from the viewing bridge. Walk to the rear pagoda for ‘good luck for easy childbirth’...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has got to be one of the most popular tourist temples as it was very busy. This is shown on the road leading up to the temple as there are plenty of shops selling various Japanese and temple related items. There are also a...More

Thank sabrinafield
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although there is lots of refurbishment going on, I'd still recommend you visit this temple if you are staying in Kyoto. There is lots to see in the temple grounds, and the view from the temple is brilliant.

Thank mbetowler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Without doubt, this is one of the most beautiful temples in Japan. Majestically perched on the hillside, you can imagine the spectacular view of Kyoto and the valleys below. Unfortunately, the main temple complex was under renovation during my visit, and though access is still...More

1  Thank HerbertC249
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such an amazing temple to look at from a distance to encompass the majestic size and beauty but so much tradition and culture when you look at the smaller details. Best to get there early to avoid the crowds, the hot sun ( in summer)...More

1  Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited Japan twice now and this place was without a doubt one of the highlights of both trips. Kiyomizu-dera is truly a magical place even with the current construction work taking place. It is in a mountainous area and the views of the mountains...More

Thank Marie N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During my second trip to Kyoto I finally visited Kiyomizu Dera temple... such a place! Best timing is at sunset. Take you time and discover the area.

Thank Cinzia T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrive at least 30 minutes before sunset for a spectacular view of Kyoto and a backdrop of the sun setting over the mountains. Take up your spot 15 minutes before sunset on the veranda steps overlooking the setting sun as it is a popular activity....More

Thank William S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kiyomizudera is easily one of my favorite temples that I have visited. It's located at higher elevation in the Higashiyama mountains, granting you a breathtaking view of surrounding nature and the city of Kyoto in the distance. Besides the temple itself, there are lots of...More

Thank Adventurous-Japan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In this Temple you can enjoy a great view of Kyoto as well as the beautiful nature surrounding it. We went to this site during sunset and it was amazing!

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Celine L
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.
June 15, 2018|
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Response from Dutchtraveller007 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there was as I took the bike myself, it is near the parking lot for private cars and after the parking lot you have a small walk up the old street up to the temple entrance. On the map it might be south west located of... More