Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of my favourite site in Kyoto after Fushimi Inari Shrine. It was built in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall and the temple name is literally translated as Pure Water Temple. I took the bus alight at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop. From there, be prepared for a 10-15 minutes of walking up hills. It can be rather challenging as the road is very narrow and filled with tourist buses.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera is a National Treasure of Japan and it looks amazing during sunset.


The platform of the main hall is supported by 139 giant pillars.


The veranda that juts out of the side of a mountain is supported by 13-meter-high wooden columns and from here you can appreciate the views of Kyoto.


The Japanese believed that the temple is an auspicious place to catch the sunset.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera vacinity.


 Spectacular view of Kyoto.

Otowa waterfall

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

The water from the fall is said to have therapeutic properties and drinking from the 3 different streams is said to confer health, longevity, and success in studies.


Plenty of souvenir shops along Sannenzaka street.


If you are planning to visit the temple, please note that some areas of the temple is cordoned off for renovation works till March 2020.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan
By Bus: From Kyoto take Bus 100 or 206. Alight at Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi stop and walk for 10 mins.
By Train: Take Keihan Railway Line for Kiyomizu-Gojo Station and walk for 25 mins.
Opening Hours 6am – 6pm. Admission Fee ¥400.

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