Kiyomizu Temple


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.

Kiyomizu Temple during night illumination

Kiyomizu Temple Map

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.

Otowa Waterfall
Another fun of visiting Kiyomizudera is on the way to the temple. Along the steep and busy lanes of the atmospheric Higashiyama District. There are many shops and restaurants in the area and selling a good wide range of goods and souvenirs. This is also a good spot for you to pick a kimono, wear it and roam around.



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


Kiyomizudera’s main hall is under construction from February 2017 to March 2020. Visitors will be able to enter the main hall during the renovations.
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