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- 98%Local Culture
- 91%Art & Design Lovers
- 91%History Buffs
- 77%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 71%Spiritual Seekers
- 65%Family Travelers
- 57%Adventure Travelers
Member Reviews (36)
- KiyomizuderaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 02, 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.
- KiyomizuderaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 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.
- KiyomizuderaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Sep 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)
- KiyomizuderaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 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.
- KiyomizuderaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Oct 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.
- KiyomizuderaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBackpackers+ 1Jul 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.