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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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  • The stage which was under renovation for over a year is open and looking beautiful. With less tourists now you have more time to take in the panorama of the city.  more »
  • one of my bucket list for place to visit before i die, great view of this temple with kyoto city in the background. i think it is greater to see this temple in spring or autumn. the scenery will be...  more »
  • The first place I went to on my last trip to Japan back in Sept'19. It did not disappoint, a really great place to visit to start my trip. I stayed in an inn located around 5-10 minutes walk from the Kiyomizu-dera and I got there around 7 am, where it was really quite and very calm. The temple itself is really beautiful, even though it was still renovated and the roof was covered, it was still majestic. The scenery around the temple is also beautiful and amazing, as you can see whole Kyoto from here. I read that the roof renovation is already finished, the temple will be more magnificent on my next visit.
  • Great during the day or at night. Made extra special but the old shops and streets as you walk up. Can be a bit of a steep slope but worth every step for the panoramic views and peaceful wooden structure. One of a kind.

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