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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  • A majestic attraction. You can expect a 3-hour visit. An amazing location! Many things to see.
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  • A lot of people are taking pictures. That's a good day to go. It's not just about the light, but also a lot of the Japanese are beautiful. While part of the renovation, but the visit does not affect!
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  • Built in the heights this temple where the orange dominates does not go unnoticed! It is great and gives a point of view very contrasting with the city of Kyoto. It's too bad that there is so many people... (a score)
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  • The temple is mainly coloured yellow and the views looking out over Kyoto are amazing! There are many small shrines located near the main building, including two "love stones". You can also drink from the pure spring water from which the temple gets its name. The shrines unfortunately suffers from it's own popularity; You can hardly move with all the people who are visiting! While I visited the whole main building was also covered by a brown tarp as it was under renovation
  • Currently under review. Can still go in and through for ¥409 to see some exhibits and look off the balcony but the building isn't much to look at from the outside at the moment. Note:. There are several orange temples right beside this one that are nice to walk around and cost nothing. Even the little pagoda hidden in the distance can be accessed for free.
  • Overall a good shrine to visit and walk around, do come early to avoid the crowd. You could drink from the waterfall fountain, it is said to give fortune in studies, love and longevity respectively. There's a love stone as well in there. Overall one of the better shrine to visit in Kyoto, many food stalls along the way outside the shrine as well.
  • If you are in Kyoto, or even in Japan you should consider visiting this beautiful place! At least once. Climbing might be a bit challenging, but seeing vast part of Kyoto from here is just... wonderful. Located and surrounded by very dense forrest is experience by itself, especially when rain is on it's way you literally smell all trees, nature around you. Great experience for anyone who loves Japan culture/temples/shrines!
  • Place with beautiful gardens and nearby area. Really nice for walks but better to get there in early morning to avoid crowds of tourists. Temple itself is a bit overrated in my opinion and you have to pay for entrance to see almost nothing. Purely from tourist point of view not worth it . Still overall place is nice.
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