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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto
Ranked #6 of 1,317 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.
Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is one of the places that I would like to go back if I had a chance to go to Kyoto again. We got there pretty late so all the shops along the way up and down the road already closed. We made it to the temple about 30 mins before it closed (at 6 pm)!! It was quite a walk to the temple, but once you're up there you will get that refreshing and calming feeling. It was raining all day on that day but I didn't regret it a bit that we visited this place. It's a must!

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The temple closes at 6 pm, which is early and inconvenient, particularly if you plan to visit other sightseeings the same day. Traffic is slow, so you may arrive too late, as it happened to us.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Kiyomizu-dera Tempe literally means Pure Water Temple.

At firts I want to point out that the place by itself is absolutely beautiful however i have the courage to say only in cherry blossom season which is typically in early April. But if you saty in Kyoto don't miss this place as well as Shrine behind.
Temple can be reached from Kyoto Station by bus number 100 or 206 and trip will take around 15 minutes, then you must walk up lots of stairs. I was there at 5 in the morning thus was no other people and got a chance to see the Kita Hosso sect Buddhists morning ceremonies, morning singing and way of worshipping in front of several kind of altars.

In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites so many people are coming here and think only late at night when the lightening is on or very early in the morning you can take the nest picture, again April is the best month. However please notice nine of the buildings at Kiyomizudera are being renovated, currently, the Okunoin Hall. obviously construction going on has an impact on a visit. For a better understanding this place I would suggest either read carefully about the temple and surrounding to take a guide who will explain every single spot otherwise definitely you will overlook some important fact.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This place is full of souvenirs in affordable prices. You can rent a Kimono for a day and walk by a Shrine and a Temple inside the mountain. The food is incredibly good and you can try most of the candies before buying.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This ancient temple has magnificent architectural features, situated on a sloped site. Some water elements presented beautifully. My aunt and I went for maple foliage in fall.
Kyoto was an old capital to Japan empire. Lots of heritage across town. The train ride from Osaka airport to Kyoto is also convenient.

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