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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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1,559 Reviews
Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0862

The Basics

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kiyomizu-dera Temple should not be missed when visiting Kyoto. Although originally built in 798, most of the current buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries because of repeated fires throughout the years. Lovely gardens and shrines surround Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and the stage just off the Main Hall is famous for its city views.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a must-see attraction in Kyoto, so most organized tours include it on their itineraries. It’s also easily accessed via public transport. The complex offers tours of the temple and grounds conducted by a Buddhist priest.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Kyoto

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Lots to see in an Afternoon!
Obereagle, Feb 2020
Kyoto Afternoon Tour - Fushimiinari Shrine & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
This is a nice tour especially if you only have an afternoon. Be sure to be on time as we were late as we got lost a little bit. Hakata station is large and our cab driver dropped us on the wrong side. Give yourself enough time to find the Sunrise office. The three stops were very interesting. Kyoto has a lot to see so maybe a full day tour would be better. Our tour guide was good. Worthwhile tour.
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Great overview of important sites in Kyoto
Marlon C, Nov 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Tour included 6 sites on a busy holiday weekend. We had enough time at each to understand the significance of the site with history and other info provided by our guide. English language tour and the guide was excellent and spoke excellent English. She provided little bits of info about Japan in general and led the group in spite of the crowds to each site. I recommend this trip to visit many sites in one day
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Excellent one day tour
verobizet, Nov 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Perfect day to discover Kyoto. our guide Yuki was were nice Lunch was excellent and organization went very well
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Good coverage of sights
andrewelizabethw, Oct 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion & Kiyomizu temple from Osaka
Saw all of the major sights in Kyoto after train journey from Osaka. Guide very knowledgeable but gave too much detailed information and talked while we walked and so it was difficult to hear everything as we were a group of around 40. could have done with 2 groups of 20 to make things easier.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Although the temple is part way up Mount Otowa, it is fully wheelchair accessible, with no-step paths and special vehicle access via the emergency road entrance to save climbing the steps.

  • The temple grounds are large, with 30 buildings and gardens to stroll through. While it’s possible to visit quickly, if you’re trying to see many highlights of Kyoto in a short time, it’s also worth spending a couple of hours here.

  • There is a small admission charge.

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How to Get There

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is best reached by bus. From Kyoto Station, catch City Bus no. 206 or 100 (on Saturdays and holidays, take the Kyoto Bus no. 18) and get off at Gojozaka and walk east. Buses are also available from Hankyu Kawaramachi, Keihan Gion-Shijo, and Keihan Shichijo stations. There are no parking lots at the temple, and nearby lots tend to get crowded quickly due to the temple’s popularity.

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When to Get There

The temple is open every day from 6am until 6pm or 6:30pm, depending on the season. Special night-viewing sessions are also organized in each season, when the temple remains open until 9pm. Every season at Kiyomizu Temple offers a different experience: the temple is surrounded by snow in winter, blossoms in spring, greenery in summer, and fiery leaves in fall.

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Stage on a Cliff

The Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple is built upon a steep cliff, and the stage that hangs out in front offers amazing views of Kyoto. While this may seem like a precarious perch, especially in an earthquake-prone country, the platform has survived since 1633. The traditional construction method consists of 18 wooden pillars and uses no nails.

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