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  • Kiyomizu-dera Or Pure Water Temple In Kyoto

  • Kiyomizu-dera Or Pure Water Temple In Kyoto

  • Kiyomizu-dera Or Pure Water Temple In Kyoto

  • Kiyomizu-dera Or Pure Water Temple In Kyoto

  • Kiyomizu-dera Or Pure Water Temple In Kyoto

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Facts & Figures

Kiyomizu-dera ("Pure Water Temple") is one of the most famous and popular Buddhist temple in Japan. Kiyomizu-dera is also part of the seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. The main hall with its wooden stage hovering 13 meteres above ground is a masterpiece of Japanese temple architecture and a tourist hotspot. Interesting to know there was no nail used for the entire structure. The temple was built on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. The waterfalls pure water was the name giver for the temple. The whole complex includes several other buildings like the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to Okuninushi, a god of love and "good matches".

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple:
  • Opening Hours - 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (whole year)
  • Admission Fee - 300 yen (Adults), 200 yen (Elementary and Junior High School Students)

History

Kiyomizu-dera was founded in 780 and the temple complex was destroyed many times by fire and earthquakes. The buildings today were constructed in 1633 by shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. The temple was linked in the past to the old Hosso sect, but in 1965 the priests formed the new independent Kita Hosso sect. Kiyomizu-dera is since 1994 part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

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Kiyomizu-dera is located in the beautiful Higashiyama District in Kyoto.
Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Kiyomizu-dera?

  • 15min from Kyoto Station to Gojozaka bus stop by bus number 100 or 206 and
  • 10min walk from Gojozaka bus stop to Kiyomizu-dera temple

Sightseeing spots

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Kiyomizu-dera Main Hall - famous for its wooden balcony/stage and a must-see on your Kyoto trip, it is housing a small statue of the eleven faced and thousand armed Kannon

Okunoin Hall - similar to the main hall in a smaller scale, the building includes also a veranda supported by pillars

Koyasu Pagoda - koyasu means "an easy childbirth", it is said if a pregnant woman reach this three story pagoda the baby will arrive safely

Zuigudo - the hall contains a stone with the word womb on it, circle the stone and make a wish, Daizuigu Bosatsu (mother of Buddha) will take care of it

Nio-mon gate - this important cultural property was renovated in 2003

Jishu-jinja - the shrine includes a pair of "love stones", singles should find out its secret to find true love:)

Hyakutai-Jizo-do (One Hundred Jizo Hall) - small building enshrines almost 200 stone "Jizo" images

Otowa-No-Taki - the waterfall belongs to the ten most famous pure water sites in Japan, divided in three streams with three different meanings, drink from them and reach success at school, a happy love life and longevity

Belfry - the huge 2.3 ton bell was cast in 1478, the whole construction was rebuilt in 1607

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

mid March - mid April

Spring Illumination
Enjoy the great illumination of the temple complex from 6:30 pm till 9:30 pm.

April

Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).

May

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

July

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

mid November - early December

Fall Illumination (22nd)
Enjoy the great illumination of the temple complex from 6:30 pm till 9:30 pm.

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