Kiyomizu-dera (literally means the temple of clear water) is situated on the Otowa Mountain on the eastern part of Kyoto. It is one of the oldest temples in Kyoto, also a recognized UNESCO World Heritage.
Walking to the temple is a fun historic journey. Simply take off at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop and walk along the passage upward the hill. Many shops selling antiques, local food, delicate cuisines can be found. The road is all the way upward and leads to a great red gate. This is the “Deva Gate”.
Just like other temples in Kyoto, local people worship, pray and ask for fortune poems here. Kiyomizu-dera is even more popular because of its unique architectures. The main hall (Hondo) of the temple is a wooden building supported by tall pillars, making the view of “Kiyomizu Stage” even greater and breath taking. In the cherry blossom and maple leaf seasons, the hill is decorated with different colors and is more fascinating.
After the visit to the great main hall, visitors can follow the path to another temple, Jishu-jinja. This temple is believed to bring good relationship and love.
Another path leads to the Otowa waterfall. Visitors can follow the Japanese tradition to drink from the fall. It is believed to bring long life, love and achievement to people.
There are also several teashops along the way downward leaving Kiyomizu-dera. These shops offer a cozy place and authentic local snacks to visitors. Walking further down are the Sannenzaka and the Ninnenzaka.
They lead visitors to other temples, such as Kodaiji and Entokuin and eventually to the Maruyama Park. Sometimes there is “night market” in the park. It’s fun to explore the market to find something delicious and cool.
During the cherry blossom season, normally during late March to early April, the trees are all lit up. People can enjoy a meal or have a drink in the poem-like surroundings! During this time, Kiyomizu-dera is also opened for night worships and night viewing of cherry blossoms!
Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome,Kyoto
Telephone Number: 075-551-1234
English Website URL: http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/lang/01.html
Japanese Website URL: http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/
Store Hours: 6:00 to 18:00
Shop Holiday: No closing days
How to access
From JR Kyoto Station
■City Bus (Kyoto Transportation Bureau)
Get off at the Gojozaka Stop on Route 206 bound for Higasihama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal or Route 100 bound for Kiyomizu-dera Gion/Ginkaku-ji. 10 mins to walk to Kiyomizudera
■Kyoto Bus (operation on Saturdays and holidays only)
Get off at the Higashiyama Gojo Stop on Route 18 bound for Ohara and walk 10 minutes.Entrance Fee: 300 Yen