Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a brightly coloured, busy temple in the heart of Kyoto’s tourist district. It’s one of the most visited temples in the city so prepare for crowds!

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This orange and green beacon of worship is thronged with visitors who swarm up its steps from the neighbouring shopping streets.

Over 1200 years have passed since the foundation of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and it is sited halfway up Mt. Otowa, one of the peaks in Kyoto’s Higashiyama mountain range.

Visitors and locals alike come to pay their respects to Kannon, a deity of great mercy and compassion.

It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.

As we arrive late in the day we don’t enter the actual main temple, we have a snoot around the exterior and enjoy the sun setting with hundreds of other folk.

We’ll return later on in the trip to enter the main complex and enjoy the main hall that juts out over a sheer drop with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

 

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