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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Open today: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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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, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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Reviewed today

Kiyomizu-Temple is an amazing old Bugghist temple on the east side of Kyoto. It consists of several temples and shrines and offers many different experiences. A highlight was the walk inside "a Monks belly", which is an underground walkway in complete darkness. The whole area...More

Thank MaximilianTravels
Reviewed yesterday

We went up around sun set and it was beautiful despite the construction. I think the sheer amount of people made the temple a bit more difficult to enjoy, but there isn't really a time of the day when it's not as busy (other than...More

Thank Adventurer765794
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although technically a Buddhist shrine dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon (perhaps better known by the Sanskrit name Avalokitêśvara, Lord of Compassion), there is an interesting relationship between the indigenous Shinto and imported Buddhism. Often, both appear at every religious site. In the Shinto portion, you...More

Thank mvidro
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is the focal point of a huge temple complex with great shopping close by. Being a photographer I was dis-appointed but will Be Back in Kyoto (hopefully next Fall) and will include this temple and plan for getting fall colors also.

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I stupidly decided to go there, not realising how steep the climb was going to be. In my view it’s for the young. You walk up a narrow road, full of people and cars ,past food and souvenir shops to steps at the top. I...More

Thank J298BXheatherc
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great view despite the construction going on, you can see the mountain & trees, also the kyoto city 👍 the walk up to the temple is also great with all the souvenirs and shops

Thank Kaira E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not sure when the construction is complete but you still get a beautiful view over the trees changing color and over Kyoto. Definitely a must visit stop on your trip here. Walk around the town before heading up and it's a solid half day.

Thank ofrizzzle
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The main temple is under tarpaulin so you can’t see it properly but don’t be put off visiting as there is still plenty to see. Make sure you go down into the Tainai-meguri cave, where you follow a rope through the pitch black. Worth paying...More

1  Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 6 days ago

We cycled up the hill and were allowed to park our bikes next to the amenities as there was no official bicycle park. The views from up there are great and the pagoda makes for very good photography. Unfortunately the main wooden structure was draped...More

2  Thank seeknfind
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful sight worth visiting must see by every visitor, excellent place for shopping also,try Japanese delicacies

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October 15, 2018|
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Response from Nananyna3 | Reviewed this property |
I think we spent there about two hours and I don't think we missed on anything major. I wouldn't try to do it in just one hour, because there is definitely a lot to see.
October 13, 2018|
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Response from redlight114 | Reviewed this property |
The scaffolding was still there on part of the temple. I thought there was plenty to still see...very beautiful structures still to see. I would still recommend seeing it. Everything inside was still open and accessible also.
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August 18, 2018|
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Response from Angelba | Reviewed this property |
the buses in Kyoto are the best way of accessing most sights, including kiyomizu-dera. your hotel should be able to give you the bus TT or go to information at Kyoto station.