Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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  • Sa
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Look what a wonderful Japanese history!
    I used to visit Kiyomizu Temple when I was in college. This is one of my favorite place in Kyoto. Not only enjoy visiting the temple, just enjoy hang out with my friends , had looked some stores along the way. This time, I took tour for my international friends and they were very happy with all, so I would recommend it to everyone!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Joane F
    Birmingham, Michigan13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kiyomizu Dera
    Spectacular views. Be sure to walk beyond the main temple to enjoy the entire site. Outlying Shrines are equally beautiful and well worth the walk. The stroll to and from the Shrine is filled with quaint shops and restaurants. Stopping for matcha ice cream on a hot day was an added bonus.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • SFM9
    Rutherford, Australia263 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful walk
    My husband and I went at 6am when it first opens, it was absolutely beautiful. With hardly any people around it was great for photo opportunities. It was quite a large area and took us a good hour to really explore. We stopped to just take in the view many times. There are many steps so be prepared for that.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Jacqui F
    London, United Kingdom310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Temple at sunset
    This enchanting temple, perched atop steep and narrow streets, is a treat to encounter at the golden hour of sunset. With Mount Otawa above, and Kyoto at its feet, the view is incredible. Built in the 17th Century, the stage in front of the main hall is an incredible feat of engineering. When you are on the stage itself, enjoying the view and being serenaded by prayer bells, you feel as if the stage is floating. It’s only when you walk down through the complex that you truly appreciate the structure. It sits on a vast scaffold of wood, constructed without the use of nails. The name Kiyomizu literally means Pure Water, and the temple is named for the waterfall it was built beside. The waterfall has been canalised into streams of water that can be used for washing hands and mouth for purification. It’s a magical place to visit, and at a very reasonable cost of 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children up to high school age, you’ll want to make a donation of some kind within the complex to help with the upkeep.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Andy T
    Perth, Australia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture and views
    If you can only visit one temple in Kyoto, this should be it. Less crowds than Mt Inari (still very busy but more space at least). The architecture is beautiful, as are the views of the forest and surrounding suburbs. Be prepared for the heat in summer, but the walking is not too harsh, and there's plenty of great spots nearby for lunch.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,252 contributions
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    Stunning
    The traffic & the crowds getting in and out here via the narrow roads & shops are a bit of a nightmare, but as you climb up the hill to the temple complex, it's all worthwhile. The several buildings including the main temple, the gatehouse and the pagoda are stunning, and set against marvellous treed greenery. There's water flowing in streams everywhere. There's ythe usual shops & toilets. Very crowded, but worth it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Gelatin
    Hythe, United Kingdom36 contributions
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    This places was breath taking!
    After waking up the steep but beautiful street we entered the main gate. It was flooded with so many people but was so breathtaking. We walked further to by a ticket to get within the temple (very cheap!). The views were to die for -yet crowded! The shrines were so picturesque, but remember that were there is art, there is a queue!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Karin
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit!
    Marvelous temple, very beautiful, but take good walking shoes because the way up to the temple can be hard on the legs and feet. Other than that, the 400 yen cover was worth it! Beautiful views, stunning nature passages, and the calm sense of nature and peace will welcome you as you walk along the different kinds of paths that there are to discover in this temple. There is also a part of the temple that is under construction, but nothing that will hinder the other views. The little store that sells amulets and Omikuji fortune draws opens at 8:30 am, so take a good jacket if you're going in the early morning, since the temperatures can reach the 50's and you will freeze.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 3, 2023
  • BlessedAloy
    Singapore, Singapore75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place for photos
    Good for photo. Have lots of very nice cafe. However, it was a gradual climb up, hence take your time and explore. If you need support walking, then can skip this place as there are similar places in Kyoto.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 27, 2023
  • vickicork
    Tampa, Florida419 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice temple
    Maybe the best place in Kyoto to visit . We went at 6 .30 am in the morning and it was wonderful . Took a cab up from the hotel and then walked down the steep slope to the bus top back to the station hotel . The views are outstanding , highly recommend
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 2, 2023
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Patrick O
Mount Holly, NC1,119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went here late in the afternoon as part of a tour with Sunrise Travel. It was between Christmas and New Year's so it was busy. This is really a beautiful place to see with great views of Kyoto as well. There are a number of steps to walk up to get to the colrful pagoda shaped temples but unless you are in really poor phyisical shape, it should be no problem.You will be rewarded with great views of the city and even though it was starting to get dark by the time we had finished exploring, the pagoda's lit up make for a beautiful sight as well. There are shrines and temples throughout and you can walk down into wonderful gardens Be sure to go all the way up to see everything as there is a lot to see. It was crowded but not to the point of not enjoyable. There is a lively shopping area down below that is worth checking out. Aloow lots of time and enjoy!
Written February 15, 2020
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Jacqui F
London, UK310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This enchanting temple, perched atop steep and narrow streets, is a treat to encounter at the golden hour of sunset. With Mount Otawa above, and Kyoto at its feet, the view is incredible. Built in the 17th Century, the stage in front of the main hall is an incredible feat of engineering. When you are on the stage itself, enjoying the view and being serenaded by prayer bells, you feel as if the stage is floating. It’s only when you walk down through the complex that you truly appreciate the structure. It sits on a vast scaffold of wood, constructed without the use of nails. The name Kiyomizu literally means Pure Water, and the temple is named for the waterfall it was built beside. The waterfall has been canalised into streams of water that can be used for washing hands and mouth for purification. It’s a magical place to visit, and at a very reasonable cost of 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children up to high school age, you’ll want to make a donation of some kind within the complex to help with the upkeep.
Written August 28, 2023
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Padraig M
Kawasaki, Japan93 contributions
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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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Tom H
Santa Cruz, CA368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is my favorite temple in Kyoto. The location is walkable from anywhere in Eastern Kjoto and a pleasant walk through Mariyuma Park afterwards is a bonus. The approach to the temple from the East is atmospheric with pedestrian walkways and interesting shops and restaurants. Walking up the temple steps itself is a treat as the buildings are large and well decorated. There are three features you don’t want to miss. As you approach the main temple with the deck on the right, veer to the left and find the line for the “womb” room. A friendly volunteer will ask you to remove your shoes, pay a small fee, and instruct you to descend down a ramp into total darkness while holding a rope attached to the left side of the ramp. You then wander around in the dark, holding the rope, until a round rotating rock appears in the gloom which you rub and make the one wish you are allowed! You emerge from the dark reborn! Then spend some time on the massive deck of the temple enjoying the view of the hillside before following the crowd down to a small pavilion built into the rocks with a stream passing overhead where you select a cup attached to a long metal poll. Use the device to capture a cup of water and drink it to ensure a long and healthy life. The cups are cleaned after each use by a boxy contraption that sanitizes them in ultra violet light.
Written May 9, 2023
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Daniel Setiawan
South Tangerang, Indonesia169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Before you see the temple, you will walk into historic road full of shops and it is very crowded. The temple it self is under renovation but you can still enter the temple. There is otowa waterfall inside with 3 streams, you should choose one of the stream for your wishes.
Written March 1, 2020
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The hugely popular Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizu-dera) is a must for most visitors to Kyoto. It is a massive temple complex. Cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom which was beautiful. There are also great views of Kyoto city.

The main hall of Kiyomizu is built out on a veranda onto pillars, a structure constructed without nails. The effect is that of a deck reaching out from the foot of the mountain. Unfortunately, much of this was under renovation when we visited.

Due to Covid, there were less crowds. Take Bus 100 to Kiyomizu Ichi stop and walk about 10 mins uphill. You can walk back via Sannen Zaka and Ninen Zaka Streets.
Written January 9, 2022
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Kiyomizudera also known as the "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in wooded hills east of Kyoto and derived its name from the fall's pure waters. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The main hall of Kiyomizudera is built out on a veranda onto pillars. It was completely constructed without nails.
We wanted to visit Kiyomizu-dera because we tried to see as many UNESCO sites as we could.
There are 17 World Heritage sites in Kyoto alone!
Written February 20, 2020
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This temple is popular for a reason. Nestled against the verdant hill slope it exudes timelessness and spirit. The Covid era is a good time to visit and avoid visitor masses, while taking the time for a lunch in one of the myriad small restaurants on the little roads leading to temple entrance. When I visited there was no access to any of the inner sanctums but even taking the proscribed path was sufficient to impress. You can take the path to the Seikanji temple, and be mindful of the monkeys.
Written August 2, 2022
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Piotr S
Krakow, Poland236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Easily accessible by local bus. Good to see after visiting Kinkakuji, due to convenient bus connection. One of the biggest temples in Kyoto, build on the slope of one of the hills surrounding this city. After about 10 minutes of walk from the closest bus stop You can admire one of the best Kyoto panorama from the temple terrace. Temple buildings themselves are built and decorated in beautiful, typical Kyoto style, where extensive sculpturing and orange/red color dominates. There is a short path coming down from the temple buildings, finishing with a small spring. Definitely worth to see.
Written March 15, 2020
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Hsin-Yi W
Forest Hills, NY926 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺), is a Buddhist temple and also a signature landmark in Kyoto.

The temple is classic and magnificent located on the hills. It might be difficult for elders to enjoy the entire tour. There are also lots of rules entering the temple. Tourists need to follow the planned routes without shoes.

The temple is currently under construction and covered entirely by semi-transparent scaffolding for 2020 Olympics which is postponed to 2021 now.
Written March 30, 2020
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