Your Guide to Kiyomizu Kannon Temple (Ueno Park) – Just in 3 Minutes!
Japanese Name: Kiyomizu Kannondo
In 1868, a massive battle took place on the grounds of Kaneiji Temple between the armies of the Tokugawa shogunate and the Satsuma-Choshu Alliance, who supported the restoration of imperial rule. The outcome of this battle was twofold. Firstly, the Tokugawa forces were defeated, leading to the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and the beginning of the Meiji period. Secondly, many of the temple’s building were destroyed, leaving behind only a few original structures dating back to 1625.
The Significance of Kiyomizu Kannondo
One of the structures that survived the battle and was carefully preserved is the Kiyomizu Kannondo. Now on the re-purposed grounds of Ueno Park, formerly of Kaneiji Temple, visitors can see its architecture which dates back to 1631. In terms of its design, those who have been to Kyoto will see its resemblance to Kiyomizudera temple. Part of its uniqueness is a wooden balcony which extends over the hillside. This is particularly lovely spot as it has vantage views over the 1,000 cherry blossom tree-lined main walkway of Ueno Park.
Senju-kannon (Thousand Armed Avalokiteshwara) has took over from Kiyomizudera temple.
This temple houses the image of Kosodate Kannon, the goddess of conception, and is very popular among women hoping to conceive.
What to See at Kiyomizu Kannondo
Hilltop views of cherry blossom trees along Ueno Park’s main walkway, surrounding architecture which dates back to 1631.
It is quite near to Ueno Zoo which is Japan’s first zoological garden.
What to Buy at Kiyomizu Kannondo
Protective charms and amulets, it is particularly popular among women hoping to conceive.Address: 1-29 UenoKoen,Taito-ku,Tokyo,Japan
Telephone Number: +81 3-3821-4749
Japanese Website URL: http://www.geocities.jp/kiyomizudo/
Shop Holiday: No closing days
How to access
Kiyomizu Kannondo is located inside Ueno Park. Ueno Park is a short walk from JR Ueno Station via “Park Exit” or “Shinobazu Exit”, serviced by the JR Yamanote, Keihin Tohoku, Takasaki and Utsunomiya Lines.
Alternately, you can stop at the Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei Railways.Entrance Fee: Free