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“Ancient Temple with beautiful senic place”

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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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.
Gwangju, South Korea
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“Ancient Temple with beautiful senic place”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

our second destination in Kyoto is Kiyomiju Dera ,many shops with beautiful Japanese style umbrella and fans (must purchase some souvenir). In that area one small cave is there blessed by Lord Buddha.In that area there are small temples that represents the ancient Japanese religion.Must visit if u r in Kyoto prefecture.

Visited September 2013
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Gifu-shi, Gifu, Japan
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“Beautiful and Relax”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

I like Kiyomizu temple. Because Kiyomizu temple is nice view.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Practically the symbol of Kyoto, Kiyomizu Temple boasts stunning architecture and impossible crowds. There's lots to do at the temple, from walking blindfolded between 2 boulders (to find love), to trying to lift impossibly heavy ancient weaponry (that the monks used), to drinking blessed water (for realizing wishes). Naturally, the place is packed with tourists and elementary school kids. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant experience, and you'll be fine as long as you don't let the crowds get to you -just focus on really enjoying what the temple has to offer.

Visited October 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Iconic temple”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Even at the mouth of the little street leading up to this temple, there were already streams of people making their way up. Kiyomizudera is undoubtedly one of the most visited temples in Kyoto. And for good reason. It’s situated on a hill, which is always good for spectacle. There are beautiful orange temple gates and pagodas. And to top it all off, the main temple itself is precariously sited on the hillside itself, half propped up by wooden pillars. You need to walk over to the hall under restoration to get the best pictures of this amazing structure.

You can also try your hand at lifting a metal staff allegedly belonging to a famous warrior monk. There was no shortage of attempts but I can testify that it is heavier than it looks. There is also a small shrine dedicated to the god of love and further down, a small waterfall with a perpetual queue of people waiting to catch some water for luck.

I did find a bit of time to have a drink at the small quaint teahouse along the way out which was pleasant and surprisingly peaceful. Kiyomizudera, in spite of it’s photographic appeal and iconic image, is one of those places which actually lives up to it’s reputation.

Visited October 2013
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“Not a favourite”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

It's on everyone's "to do" list, and consequently on a midweek afternoon in leaf season it was packed with school and tour groups. It's not a place for quiet reflection, the crowds and the two guys with megaphones shouting instructions put paid to that. Much of the temple and grounds are off limits for repairs, and a lot of the area seems to be given over to selling lucky charms and fortunes which makes it seem more like side show alley than a serious religious institution. Lengths of blue plastic running down the side of the hills detract somewhat from the famous view from the terrace.

Of the many shrines and temples we visited in Kyoto, this was probably our least favourite.

Visited November 2013
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