Kiyomizu-dera Temple, an independent Buddhist temple, can be found presiding over the Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district, just right in the eastern part of Kyoto. The temple is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage sites and was one of the shortlist for the New 7 Wonders of the World because of its natural beauty and the history it carries.
Temples are normally very quiet, solemn, peaceful, and everything you can imagine a temple must be. But the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto begs to differ. Due to its magnificent view, Kiyomizu-dera Temple attracts a lot of visitors every year, making it a very busy and bustling. The temple’s large veranda, supported by tall pillars, is the busiest part of the place where visitors often spend their time due to the outstanding panoramic view that it offers. From the wooden stage, you can see a sea of maples which look more breathtaking during the spring season. You can also enjoy the brilliant view across the entire city from the temple.
Beneath the large veranda is the Otowa Waterfall, where three channels of water cascades directly into a pond. People believe that your wish will be granted if you drink the water you can catch from the waterfall. Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been considered as a must-see attraction in Kyoto. The temple offers various talismans, incense, and omikuji (paper fortunes). The site is particularly popular during festivals such as New Year and Summer Obon Festival where you can find additional booths selling traditional holiday foodstuffs and souvenirs.
How to Get There?
From Kyoto Station, you can reach Kiyomizudera Temple by riding bus number 100 or 206. You can get-off once the bus reaches Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop. Then from there, you can walk going to the temple which will take about 10 minutes. The temple is open from 6:00 to 18:00 but during spring seasons, fall seasons, and Hanatoro (an event exclusive in Kyoto), the temple is open from 18:00 to 21:00.
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