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Kiyomizudera

日本, 京都府京都市東山区清水1丁目−294
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    jinnismi
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    5 Jun 23, 2014

    A must-see. Be ready for a little bit of uphill walk through the gorgeous, traditional streets with yummy snack stores along the way. The temple itself is a great architectural wonder with no nails used in its structure. Drink the water from the waterfall which represents longevity, love, and knowledge. The scenery around the temple and through the greenery makes for a peaceful walk. A reverent graveyard is hidden around a corner. I spent my afternoon to night time walking around the neighboring streets and temples. One of my favorite spots for sure.

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    Elvira Vanag
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    5 Apr 29, 2014

    Kiyomizudera Temple has the most beautiful grounds and views. It is located on the top of the hill and has huge wooded balcony hanging over the hillside, offering picturesque views of the city and the gardens. It is especially wonderful to visit when the cherry trees are blooming. Behind the main building, there is a shrine dedicated to love and matchmaking. There is also a waterfall with 3 separate steams; water from each stream has different benefit (love, success, longevity); drinking from more than one stream is considered greedy.
    The street leading up to the temple (uphill walk) is very interesting too – lined with nice souvenir shops and restaurants.

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    Yvonne Peyroux Liu
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    5 Mar 27, 2014

    So beautiful and lots to see. Come in fall when the leaves are changing, it's absolutely breathtaking. Had the pleasure of meeting an artist on the bridge and my friend who spoke Japanese translated his story of traveling the world to pursue art at a time when painting did not necessarily bring bread to the table. Follow your dreams!

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    Bobapirate
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    4 Jan 27, 2014

    My favorite place to go when i wanted to relax. Climbing the stairs that lead up to this place is really fun in itself as you travel threw alleyways filled with shops and place to grab random bites. Make sure you get some Yatsuhashi. A sweet with various fillings. The vendors are all over the place and they all offer free samples. The location itself costs money but the view alone was always worth it for me. They also have a special shrine at the top where you can buy a charm for a long lasting relationship.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Nov 06, 2013

    Probably the most iconic of Kyoto's temples. A must see. The street leading up to the temple is also incredibly picturesque. There is also a graveyard nearby that is worth exploring. The graveyard is a little bit out of the way but worth the detour.

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    Stephen Bugno
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    5 Oct 27, 2013

    One of the heavy hitters on the Kyoto temple circuit and certainly one you should visit if you only have limited time in Kyoto. Beautiful wooden temple. Extremely popular with visitors to Kyoto.

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    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Oct 21, 2013

    Arguably the most famous of Kyoto's endless array of temples, Kiyomizudera's buildings and setting are simply fantastic. It's a tourist sight, but also a working temple, so expect lots of locals and vacationing Japanese alike. The approach up the hillside from "teapot alley" is the best way to catch a first glimpse, but also don't forget to explore the large cemetery area on the hillside beside the temple. When you've taken your fill of pictures, make a detour to the shrine on the complex's lower level, and drink from the three spouts of the Otowa waterfall there, said to confer wisdom, health and longevity.

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    4 Sep 15, 2013

    To get to Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) it is quite a hike. From Kyoto station there are buses that will take you close to the temple (I took the #206 bus to get off at Gojozaka station (五条坂) about a 15 min ride), then you will have to walk up a steep hill for about 15 min up to the temple. There are a lot of shops and restaurants along the way so not too painful to hike. It is a magnificent temple, part of it built off a cliff! (English Site Link: http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/lang/01.html)

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    EPLT72
    5 Oct 07, 2012

    A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994, it was one of the 21 candidates in the New Seven Wonders of the World international poll. Amazing architecture, best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, sitting atop 78 massive wooden pillars, 13 meters above the hillside below. Do not miss visiting the old town adjacent to the temple. Many houses in this district are traditional dwellings dating from the Edo Period (1603-1867).

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    Ranjit Singh
    5 Oct 04, 2012

    The gate at the entrance of the Kiyomizudera temple complex. It's best to visit early on the morning before bus loads of tourists and school kids arrive.

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    travel33
    5 Sep 20, 2012

    This place represents what you would "imagine" a Japanese temple to look like. It is gorgeous, up on top of the hill with the best view of the city.

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    Snave Legrev
    5 Jul 06, 2012

    THIS IS A TEMPLE! Not only is it incredible to see... like so many monuments in Kyoto. The view and weaving ways of this monument make it quite an awesome place to check out. Once again... if you're rushing through this, you're missing the point. Find a moment of peace, and soak in the view.

    The history of the buildings and the views of the city make it quite awesome. Any time of year it's worth seeing this place. It's just that awe inspiring.

    Also worth noting, the roads leading to this place are interesting in and of themselves...

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    Josh Jacobson
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Possibly my favorite site in Kyoto, many of its main buildings are currently under renovation (as of June 2012). This review reflects a visit in 2011.

    The colors, natural surrounding, and general uniqueness of this site compared to all others set it apart. Truly a special place, take time to appreciate all that is different and special about it, especially those that set it apart from others.

    Best times to visit are at opening and just before closing (around 4pm). At opening, there will be many religious visitors participating actively in unique ceremonies that cannot be seen elsewhere that are unforgettable. At close, the view of Kyoto at dusk is unbeatable.

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    Amy Seaman
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    It's a somewhat known but oft-unspoken fact that once you've seen one Japanese temple, you've seen them all. While this *does* tend to be true (I won't deny it), Kiyomizudera is the temple to go to, especially if you're a morning person (or have just gotten off the night bus).

    The temple grounds are huge — I easily spent 2+ hours there following various paths to see all that the area had to offer — but be sure to visit the famous Love Stone, the waterfalls and the veranda. The Main Hall is great if you're willing to drop a few bucks on entry (it's worth it, I promise) and has some beautiful folk relics.

    No buses stop directly in front of the temple itself, so you'll have to hike up and down through the Higashiyama district, a great shopping street with all kinds of snack and souvenir shops, perfect for ducking into on a hot summer day.

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    Kalos Zoi
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    It's big, it has great views, and it's a true testament to Japanese culture. I go almost every time I go to Kyoto. There are many temples in Kyoto but if you only have time for a couple I would definitely recommend it.

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    Chiu-Ki Chan
    5 Jul 03, 2012

    The most famous temple in Kyoto. The Japanese has a saying, "to jump off the terrace of Kiyomizudera", which means you are really determined. So make sure you go check it out - but don't take the plunge!

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    Chris Millson
    5 Feb 10, 2013

    Stunning views from this mountain temple. My favourite in Kyoto

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    Isabelle Oudot
    5 Aug 29, 2012

    A must see during the cherry blossom of course

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    Helen McGee
    5 Aug 23, 2012

    Simply mind boggling that it exists

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    Areum Han
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    The most famous place of Kyoto. You mustn't miss this place!

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Overlooking Kyoto city from halfway up Otowa Mountain lies Kiyomizudera, a temple that was built around 778 and has burned down (and been rebuilt) numerous times. Visitors should check out the Main Hall, home of the Eleven Headed and Thousand Armed Kannon Bodhisattva, famous for answering prayers. Then head to Kiyomizu Stage, a viewing point in which you can see the phenomenal landscape of Kyoto. ... read more
Kiyomizudera is also home to beautiful gardens, pagodas, sculptures, and the Otowa Waterfall.

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