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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers spectacular views of the city and valley below.
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1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Get your walking shoes on because there is a lot to see in this World heritage site. The main hall is under cover for renovation but you can still visit sections of it. Beautiful vistas to behold, fun meeting Japanese students who are doing "English"...More

Thank gingrannie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best to come here early in the morning, or in the off-season. Pretty temple, and lovely grounds. We encountered some Japanese English students who offered to show us around as a chance to practice their English language skills.

Thank ModusOperandie
Reviewed 3 days ago

We came to Kiyomizu-Dera temple and were immediately met with crowds of people. There were several hundred people all swarming the location, plus once we got to the temple itself, it was far from breathtaking. There are so many other smaller, less touristy and more...More

Thank Angie C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took a bus to Kiyomizu-dera temple and had to walk up a slope. Even though it was already late afternoon, it was still crowded. There were shops selling souvenirs along the walk up and we probably spent more time navigating our way through the...More

Thank cloversze
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you have only one day in Kyoto I suggest the visit to three unique places: Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), the Kiyomizu-dera temple and the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine. The Kiyomizu-dera is a historical Buddhist temple that has different attractions in a compacted area. Several shrines,...More

Thank Resende99
Reviewed 1 week ago

The refreshing waters were welcome indeed on a very hot day. This is a beautiful place even if there are a lot of visitors. Note that the main temple is under repair as are a few sites in Japan currently in preparation for the 2020...More

Thank Agrippa1
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is great because you get the majestic temple itself - and all the great shopping/atmosphere in the street leading up to it. Crowded, but that's to be expected. Don't forget to drink from the waterfall!

Thank MrsMoFe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a bit of a hike from the bus station to the top of the shrine. But it was worth every step. The main pedestrian walkway was full of shops and restaurants, which suits me fine- I love to eat and I love to...More

Thank Steven C
Reviewed 1 week ago

An unforgettable experience for all ages . A must-see temple in Kyoto . Can be busy at times , but worth going . Definitely take your camera . Enjoy the walk up one shopping street , and the walk down the adjacent one .

Thank setsucollis
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is another Kyoto must visit. Tickets were quite cheap, to go into the temple complex. Going to was fun also, as always crowded street going up, with shops to stop by and look around. We always came via Ninenzaka from Maruyama park, never from...More

Thank bidwisely
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I heard that Kiyomizu-dera is under construction/renovation. This what I saw: Construction Notice: Several of the buildings at Kiyomizudera have been undergoing renovation since 2008. Currently the temple grounds are almost free of construction sites; however, from January 2017, Kiyomizudera's main hall will be covered up for renovations which can be expected to have a big impact on a visit. The temple aims to complete all works by 2020. So as of now or soon, the Main hall will be covered according to japan-guide and should impact on a visit. Is the viewing deck part of the Main hall? I would like to go up to the deck area for view over Kyoto and take pictures. If it's a separate area, I'm going to assume that they mean it might also get overcrowded out at the deck since the Main hall is closed for viewing. I can't get a straigt answer at the forums at that site. All I'm getting is that other shrines and temples on the ground is still open. All I want to know is about the viewing deck up by the main hall. Thanks.
12 January 2017|
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Response from emnem216 | Reviewed this property |
I was just there a few days ago. Most of the construction is gone. I did not pay particular attention to the main hall viewing deck, I did not notice any areas closed off. Like another traveler mentioned, there are several... More
ange t
Which exit to take to enter Higashiyama district?
1 December 2016|
Response from familytravelchamp | Reviewed this property |
From Kyoto Station take bus number 100 or 206 in direction of Kiyomizudera. The Higashiyama district can be accessed from multiple bus stops between the Gojozaka (10 minutes, 230 yen one way) and Gion (15 minutes, 230 yen... More
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Where can we get the best views of the temple from afar that everyone takes photos of?
1 December 2016|
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Response from lazycrazytraveller | Reviewed this property |
If you go in the evening, the path will take you there. But the best view of the. Ig temple is from across the bridge.