Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizudera, or Kiyomizu Temple, is a famous temple on the edge of the Higashiyama district of Kyoto.

Notice

The main hall is covered up between Feb 2017 - March 2020 to allow renovation work of the roof to proceed, during which the main hall will remain accessible.

Overview

Address

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

Hours

6:00 - 18:00 Closed

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

kiyomizudera.or.jp

Highlights

Otowa Waterfall

The waters of Otowa waterfall are divided into three separate streams. Visitors can use the cups provided at the base of the waterfall to drink from one. Each stream is believed to have a different effect: success, love, or longevity. You should only pick one though, as it is considered greedy if you were to drink from all of them.

Kiyomizu Platform

Kiyomizu's wooden porch is a highlight for any visitor, not just for its stunning city views in any season but for its impressive construction. The porch is comprised of 168 wooden pillars and over 400 cedar floorboards, all fitted together without the use of nails, relying instead on a unique interlocking-joint system.

Jishu Shrine

Famous as the Cupid Shrine of Kyoto, this small shrine behind Kiyomizu Temple houses various gods, all who aid in finding or keeping love. There's even a love challenge: love will come easily for those who can walk blindfolded between two rocks.

Kiyomizu Zaka

This shopping street leads up to Kiyomizudera and is lined with shops, tea rooms, and restaurants serving local Kyoto-style cuisine and souvenirs. Especially famous in the area is nama-yatsuhashi, soft mochi cakes filled with red bean paste, cream, matcha, chocolate, or other seasonal fillings.

Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Barrier-free access
  • Baby-friendly

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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Kyoto Higashiyama Lantern Street

Kyoto Higashiyama Lantern Street

Mar 6 - Mar 15th

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