Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple was founded in 778. Its history dates back over 1200 years. As a sacred place where the great compassion of the deity Kannon prevails, the temple has long been open to citizens of all classes.

Overview

Address

1-294 Shimizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture (Directions)

Hours

6:00 - 18:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 6:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 6:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 6:00 - 18:00
Thursday 6:00 - 18:00
Friday 6:00 - 18:00
Saturday 6:00 - 18:00
Sunday 6:00 - 18:00
Holidays 6:00 - 18:00

Price

¥200 - ¥400

Website

https://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/en/

Accessibility

  • Barrier-free access

Internet

  • Free Wi-Fi

General Amenities

  • Baby-friendly

Designations

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Access

By City Bus: Get off at the Gojozaka Stop on Route 206 bound for Higasihama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal or Route 100 bound for Kiyomizu-dera Gion/Ginkaku-ji and walk 10 minutes. The bus can be crowded, especially after 11am and on weekends and Spring/ Autumn. Alternate route is Keihan train to Gojo and 15 minute walk via Sannenzaka, or catch a taxi.

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