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Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

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Have your wishes granted at Kiyomizu-dera, 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 and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto day trip app .
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  • Excursion since Kiyomizu-dera Temple visits. We bring our daughters now. You have to go by taxi, driver's reluctant move up. May I make close to bus stop and slowly up the Hill. We didn't enjoy much is the Temple of the familiar picture in the photo is under construction in 2017 winter, just looks a little stage of Kiyomizu. However, souvenir Street home is hot! Another storm tasting with belly to fill up so far. Despite slipping into the foreign tourists have enjoyed.
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  • Clear Water temple is a must go to the scene point, regardless of your first time Kyoto or went to, it is the world cultural heritage, this building is very beautiful, out of the golden light, I have not seen such a beautiful temple, and this is the scene, like a painting, the past will want to go again, because every season is a different scene of the picture, For example, there are red leaves in autumn ...
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  • It can be seen that the temple is huge and gorgeous, but it's now hidden by scaffolding. But its path goes through two shopping streets with lots of gifts and delicious food.
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  • This was one of the top three temples I visited in Kyoto amongst dozens. The two main shrines in the front are famous and well-photographed. There is also a large pavilion in the back that is well photographed as well. Girls like to wear kimonos and pose pictures, especially true at this location. The temple is located atop a small hill and there are many shops along the way before you reach the entrance to the temple.
  • Great place. It is very crowded because a lot of school kids and students. Small shop has a lot of selection for gifts which I spend a lot of money but well worth it. Staff at the small shop are super friendly. If you have a Chinese friend who can not speak Japanese or English. Do not worry, some small shop has Mandarin speaking staff.
  • A beautiful shrine, just a shame at the moment the main hall's exterior is under maintenance so has scaffolding covering all over it. You get a wonderful view of Kyoto below too when you are walking around the grounds. 400Yen per adult to enter the main hall and beyond.
  • Definitely a must-see temple in Kyoto. In order to reach the temple, you'll need to climb uphill that has picturesque view where you can also find a variety of shops and restaurant. I really enjoyed that experience and it was all worth it! The structure of the temple is amazing and fascinating!
  • This is a wonderful place to visit in Kyoto. I appreciated the proximity of nature. The best period to visit the temple is November to observe the yellow and red colour of the tree leaves. However in this period this place will be crowded of tourists. Entrance fee was 600 yens.

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