Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Reviews: 4.5/5

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Julia
7 contributions
Hard on legs
May 2021 • Family
We recommend you take a good pair of shoes. Visiting this temple can be hard on your legs. It is a big complex. Also, few more hours than typical tour a tourist does anywhere.
Written May 30, 2021
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Damien H
13 contributions
The stage
Aug 2020
The stage which was under renovation for over a year is open and looking beautiful. With less tourists now you have more time to take in the panorama of the city.
Written March 10, 2021
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muhammad rizal f
Jakarta, Indonesia60 contributions
what a scenery
Dec 2020
one of my bucket list for place to visit before i die,
great view of this temple with kyoto city in the background.
i think it is greater to see this temple in spring or autumn. the scenery will be greater.
basically not so many to see here, only the main temple architecture. but the surrounding area offer many sight seeing palace with japan ancient atmosphere. traditional food, traditional house, museum and traditional clothes (can be rent to complete the ancient japan atmosphere.
Written December 31, 2020
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,793 contributions
Spectacular temple, but not the same during renovation works
Dec 2019
The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto's most famous temples and ranks top among local visitors. It really is a spectacular sight that is build into a slope, offering beautiful views of nature from the top. Having said that the terrace is unfortunately being renovated, which, of course is a necessity, but temporarily reduces the pleasure of its sight. Still a must see temple that is worth the effort and time.
Written November 5, 2020
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway558 contributions
Indescribable beautiful
Nov 2019
Kiyomizudera Temple (translated pure water). The temple is from 780 and in front of Kiyomizudera there are several beautiful temples and shrines, among others, a three-story red-orange pagoda - indescribably beautiful! A must see while in Kyoto!
Written October 8, 2020
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PeterHsieh168
Washington DC, DC29 contributions
Must visit in Kyoto
Feb 2020
There is not much to say other then VISIT VISIT! This is a place where you create your own memories!
Written September 9, 2020
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Padraig M
Kawasaki, Japan97 contributions
Kyomizu-dera: Go while it is not packed.
Aug 2020
Kyomizu-dera is one of my favourite places in Kyoto and we have gone there every time we have visited. I love the trees and how the temple is situated on the side of the mountain. Normally it is packed, but when we visited in August 2020, it was completely empty and very special experience. I recommend people in Japan to go before it gets crowded again next year.
Written August 14, 2020
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HotRodHeart
France119 contributions
The famous view of Kyoto
Oct 2019
This place is a must go for a first time in Kyoto, since it's in every book and documentary you'll come upon.
It can get crowded, but the view of the temple is not the only view to enjoy.
Written August 7, 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,926 contributions
Yet another UNESCO Heritage Awarded Temple - worth a visit
Sep 2019
Originally built or conceived in 778, but most recently re-built (present Structure anyway) in 1633, whatever you may think of Buddhist Temples or the Religion or Lifestyle, that's impressive. It is quite high on a hill and a steep hillside at that. Great views on a clear day.

Photgenic site for sure, but a bit of patience prved essential as it was mobbed - Koyoto is not the most popular Japoanese City for no reason.
Written July 27, 2020
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StripeyMiata
Lisburn, UK634 contributions
Beautiful temple, but crowded
Jul 2019
Kiyomizudera is beautiful and offers some stunning views of Kyoto. But the ambience is really kind of ruined with just hoards of people at the temple. I loved it, but try to get there really early.
Written June 27, 2020
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