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“Beautiful temple in beautiful grounds & Fantastic part of Kyoto”

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Day Trip by Bus to Kyoto from Osaka
Ranked #4 of 1,113 things to do in Kyoto
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Owner description: 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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“Beautiful temple in beautiful grounds & Fantastic part of Kyoto”
Reviewed June 26, 2011

This is worth a visit. This temple is is a great part of Kyoto and you should walk past it at some stage. Save time to wander around the old streets if you don't come here as part of the walking tour. It's at the top of a hill (above the tourist trap called "teapot lane" selling overpriced wares). The main hall is a massive wooden structure with views of the city. Further inside the grounds are some stones called "love stones" where you walk from one to the other with eyes closed and also some therapeautic waters, that have 3 streams representing health, longevity, and success in studies.

I found this to be a nice temple, but I liked the grounds best and the views of the city and the surrounding hiils. Really nice during blossom season and autumn. It can get very busy though.

The photos I have added are from 3 separate trips to Kyoto (including this one), to show how it looks in different seasons.

Visited February 2011
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“Mark it on your routine”
Reviewed June 23, 2011

This is a typical Janpan temple. It is located on beatiful site with trees around. Eventhough there were so many tourists at the time we arrived but I can feel the scared asmostphere there. On the way to the temple you can buy many types of Janpanses traditional candy and teas. From here you can walk to Gion, which is famous for geisha.

Visited March 2011
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“You should go there”
Reviewed June 14, 2011

You should go there, fore me it was not the more most impressive site. But it is in one of the more beautiful areas of the city. And a visit there followed by a walk by the old district via other smaller temples until reaching Gion is one of the must do's in Kyoto.

Visited June 2011
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“A must for travelers to kyoto”
Reviewed May 16, 2011

This is our 4day in Kyoto, and we just came back from the Kiyomizu temple. We took a cab down from Inari which cost 1050yen, a fair deal for the trouble it saved us. Absolutely beautiful, with sights of Kyoto city. You would prob need an hour or two to sit down and enjoy the view.

Visited May 2011
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“Wonderful Kiyomizu in Illumination -- and rain!”
Reviewed December 2, 2010

Visiting Kiyomizu Temple for the second time, we decided to do it in the evening to see the special Illumination. Locals had cautioned us that the place would be too crowded for our enjoyment. In addition, the Autumn foliage was not quite at its peak. So we delayed visiting the Temple until the eve of our departure from Kyoto. It was pouring the whole day but we decided to make a short visit, for the privilege of seeing/photographing such a wonderful place in a different light, so to speak. In the event, we found the effort absolutely worthwhile and not too taxing, despite the rain and the huge turn-out. (The weather probably made for a somewhat smaller crowd jostling for the best viewpoints on the two elevated Stages.) The Temple is open from 6.30 pm to 9 pm, for about 3 weeks during the peak Foliage Season. Admission was 400 Yen.

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