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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers spectacular views of the city and valley below.
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1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The refreshing waters were welcome indeed on a very hot day. This is a beautiful place even if there are a lot of visitors. Note that the main temple is under repair as are a few sites in Japan currently in preparation for the 2020...More

Thank Agrippa1
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is great because you get the majestic temple itself - and all the great shopping/atmosphere in the street leading up to it. Crowded, but that's to be expected. Don't forget to drink from the waterfall!

Thank MrsMoFe
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was a bit of a hike from the bus station to the top of the shrine. But it was worth every step. The main pedestrian walkway was full of shops and restaurants, which suits me fine- I love to eat and I love to...More

Thank Steven C
Reviewed 4 days ago

An unforgettable experience for all ages . A must-see temple in Kyoto . Can be busy at times , but worth going . Definitely take your camera . Enjoy the walk up one shopping street , and the walk down the adjacent one .

Thank setsucollis
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is another Kyoto must visit. Tickets were quite cheap, to go into the temple complex. Going to was fun also, as always crowded street going up, with shops to stop by and look around. We always came via Ninenzaka from Maruyama park, never from...More

Thank bidwisely
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have always loved Kiyomizu and go every time I am in Kyoto to buy little dishes on the pottery street to the temple. It is being restored so parts of the temple have been freshly painted but the main temple and roof are covered...More

Thank Wistar K
Reviewed 4 days ago

Kiyomizu-dera temple is known for its platform. Unfortunately, currently it's under renovation and you cannot see it well. The three waterfalls they speak so highly was very small and a kind of let down. I'd recommend visiting this temple after the renovation is completed.

Thank K T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Make you relive the ancient times of the samurais! Bery spiritual and energized place makes you feel and good vibe.

Thank Mauricio I
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Under construction but still a magnificent view. Must go!!!! You must Walk around the little streets to see all the tea houses and shops and other shrines.

Thank Cwcwiw
Reviewed 6 days ago

Probably the best Kyoto has to offer. The temple is actually made up of perhaps 10 structures. The photos below speak 1'000 words of this awesome sight and structure. Many people will visit each day so if you are in a group it is easy...More

Thank bobpenzes
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I heard that Kiyomizu-dera is under construction/renovation. This what I saw: Construction Notice: Several of the buildings at Kiyomizudera have been undergoing renovation since 2008. Currently the temple grounds are almost free of construction sites; however, from January 2017, Kiyomizudera's main hall will be covered up for renovations which can be expected to have a big impact on a visit. The temple aims to complete all works by 2020. So as of now or soon, the Main hall will be covered according to japan-guide and should impact on a visit. Is the viewing deck part of the Main hall? I would like to go up to the deck area for view over Kyoto and take pictures. If it's a separate area, I'm going to assume that they mean it might also get overcrowded out at the deck since the Main hall is closed for viewing. I can't get a straigt answer at the forums at that site. All I'm getting is that other shrines and temples on the ground is still open. All I want to know is about the viewing deck up by the main hall. Thanks.
11 January 2017|
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Response from emnem216 | Reviewed this property |
I was just there a few days ago. Most of the construction is gone. I did not pay particular attention to the main hall viewing deck, I did not notice any areas closed off. Like another traveler mentioned, there are several... More
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Which exit to take to enter Higashiyama district?
30 November 2016|
Response from familytravelchamp | Reviewed this property |
From Kyoto Station take bus number 100 or 206 in direction of Kiyomizudera. The Higashiyama district can be accessed from multiple bus stops between the Gojozaka (10 minutes, 230 yen one way) and Gion (15 minutes, 230 yen... More
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Where can we get the best views of the temple from afar that everyone takes photos of?
30 November 2016|
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Response from lazycrazytraveller | Reviewed this property |
If you go in the evening, the path will take you there. But the best view of the. Ig temple is from across the bridge.