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“A bit of a hike - but worth the effort.”

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.
Reviewed May 15, 2014

We spent a couple of very enjoyable hours here. It is a bit of walk up the hill with a few steps included, but once you reach the top the view of Kyoto and the Temple itself make it worth the effort. Take the path winding down the side of the hill and you end up at a lovely little eatery serving Vegetarian food (a hard thing to find in Japan).

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

it was terribly crowded but even then you'll get the chance to see everything you want to. if you like to, you can avoid the bus stop and walk next to the cemetery to get here.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

It is my understanding that Kiyomizu-dera refers to the massive wooden temple on this site, but that is far from the only thing to see here. There are various temples, including an incredible one where you pay a small fee to walk into the "basement" of a temple. Underneath is pitch-black and you follow a railing that represents prayer beads. You blindly walk barefoot until you see, out of the darkness, a rotating stone--the experience was incredible. At this site you can drink from the Otowa waterfall, walk between the "love stones" at the Jishu Shrine, and buy omikuji or paper fortunes.

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Reviewed May 12, 2014

It was slightly drizzling the day I went, but that didn't stop the flow of tourists (or maybe that was just because it was the first week of July.) Even though the point of the whole ordeal was the temple, I also really loved the winding uphill walk we had to undertake to get there.

The temple itself is very lovely, though I wish I'd come in fall or spring (it was very humid that day and I really wanted to see flowers or falling leaves). Oh well, next time! The scenery from atop the temple is really iconic and not to be missed!

It wasn't too expensive either, and I had fun playing with the little waterfall/pool at the end of the walk. There is a small shrine (of love, if I remember correctly) nearby which was really cute and had some divining games you could play for a small fee. The entire temple complex was very picturesque - I probably took more than a hundred.

Definitely would recommend people to come during the less touristy seasons though, and go earlier in the day.

(Visited July 2012.)

Thank Beth W
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

We actually stopped quite a bit away and walk past chion-in, gion and kodai-ji before walking up the street to the temple.

There are many shops on the right and left as you walk up to this temple. Shops selling food, chopsticks, food, ice cream, fans etc etc etc. From the temple, the view is pretty good. But I have to say the walk there is the best.

Thank jennift
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