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Kiyomizu-dera 【World Heritage】
View of the city center of Kyoto from the Kiyomizu Stage
Shopping, exercise, history, culture and beauty all-in-one.
January 19, 2016

The ultimate selfie-temple!

A must for any trip to Kyoto. From the bus stop, you’ll walk up an old, winding street full of souvenir, tea, sword, kimono and “yatsuhashi” (a Kyoto specialty) shops. A 10-15 minute walk uphill brings the gorgeous temple gates into view and provides the perfect spot to rest before entering. Inside, you’ll enjoy the scenic view of Kyoto, walk the lover’s path blindfolded and dive into the “belly” of the temple’s basement for a unique touch-tunnel experience. Especially beautiful in the fall (changing leaves) and winter (snow-covered eaves), a 3-4 hour excursion to Kiyomizu will not disappoint.

written by
Bill Reilly
Teaches English and performs bilingual improv comedy with the Pirates of the Dotombori. Loves reading, karaoke and biking in Osaka.

The Main Hall (Hondo), which is designated as a National Treasure and famous for "Kiyomizu Stage", is a butai-zukuri architectural style followed by the magnificent Shinden-zukuri style and supported by 139 pillars on the cliff. Most of the existing buildings were rebuilt in 1633. Waterfall of Otowa, which is said to be the marvelous healing water that works for all sorts of diseases, is the origin of the name "Kiyomizu-dera". In this area, it is possible to overlook Kyoto street scenic, the cherry blossoms in spring and scarlet maple leaves in autumn are very beautiful.

Kiyomizu-dera 【World Heritage】

●Tel/075-551-1234

●294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 605-0862
●Hours/6:00~18:00(August - September opens until 18:30)
●Holidays/None
●Admission/400 yen for adults, 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students (Night special visiting: 400 yen for adults, 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students)
◆Access/City bus from JR Kyoto Station and 10-minute walk after getting off at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop

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