Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan located in Kyoto. The temple was listed by UNESCO as one of the world heritage sites.
While Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden observation deck right beside its main hall. The deck provides visitors a greats view of the numerous cherry and maple trees, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance.
Then, behind Kiyomizu Temple’s hall is Jishu Shrine, dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking.
Next is the Otowa Waterfall. The waters are divided into three separate streams. Each stream’s water is said to have a different meaning, (i)longevity, (ii)success at school and (iii) a fortunate love life.
1. From Kyoto station, take bus number 100 or 206 (15 minutes, 230 yen) and get off at Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop. From there, walk 10 minutes uphill to the temple.
2. 20 minutes walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station along the Keihan Railway Line.
Normal Hours: 6:00 to 18:00
(until 18:30 on weekends and holidays from mid-April through July and every day in August and September)
During Spring and Fall Illumination
Hours: 18:00 to 21:00 during mid-March, from late March to mid-April and from mid-November to early December (from 17:30 during the autumn)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 400 yen
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