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Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

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Have your wishes granted at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, an independent Buddhist temple and World Heritage Site dating back to 1633. Constructed during the Heian period, the main temple and its famous stage were built without using nails. From the stage, look out onto the treetops below and the view of Kyoto in the distance. In the temple complex, drink from the three streams of the Otowa waterfall, whose waters are believed to have wish-granting powers. At the Jishu shrine to the god of love and matchmaking, try to walk between two stones with your eyes closed: those who are successful will also successfully find love. To visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto day trip app.
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  • Really magnificent temple. Took the city bus from Kyoto station D-area, bus nro. 86 - 206. From drop-off it is a 15 - 20 min walk up the hill. The road is full of small shops and restaurants on both....  more
    Really magnificent temple. Took the city bus from Kyoto station D-area, bus nro. 86 - 206. From drop-off it is a 15 - 20 min walk up the hill. The road is full of small shops and restaurants on both....  more »
  • Not a place you can drop into. On a hill so challenging in summer when it is above 90 degrees. Very few places for lunch nearby but a dozen places to get Kaki-gori (shaved ice) 
    Not a place you can drop into. On a hill so challenging in summer when it is above 90 degrees. Very few places for lunch nearby but a dozen places to get Kaki-gori (shaved ice)  more »
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  • The first place I went to on my last trip to Japan back in Sept'19. It did not disappoint, a really great place to visit to start my trip. I stayed in an inn located around 5-10 minutes walk from the Kiyomizu-dera and I got there around 7 am, where it was really quite and very calm. The temple itself is really beautiful, even though it was still renovated and the roof was covered, it was still majestic. The scenery around the temple is also beautiful and amazing, as you can see whole Kyoto from here. I read that the roof renovation is already finished, the temple will be more magnificent on my next visit.
  • The JR pass has allowed us to visit so many wonderful places and this is no exception. Just a great place to walk around and admire the architecture of the shrine and nature. Lots of cool souvenir shops close by as well. So it’s a great attraction spot. The temple itself was under construction so we couldn’t see everything. Still had an enjoyable experience with the family.

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