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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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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 2 days ago

The walk to this temple is a bit long but it's totally worth it. The view from the temple is amazing!! Must visit when in Kyoto.

Thank 620anikaw
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very crowded on a Sunday, we did a quick walk through and were disappointed not being able to capture the entire exterior view due to constructions, the building was impressive being built against the mountain slope and supported by hundreds of wood beams. The street...More

Thank FYL003
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My recommendation is to go as early as possible to see the sights with less tourists for photo opportunities. Tge view of kyoto is breathtaking and well worth the effort.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of my favorite temples in Kyoto. The streets leading up to it and surrounding it have interesting shops and are pedestrian friendly. The temple complex is at the top with view of the city. It can be very crowded, but it should...More

1  Thank ArtC30
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you try to feel the experience of Pilgrims in the old days while walking towards this beautiful and huge temple via the steps and shops of Nineizaka and Sannenzaka, you will feel blessed when you reach there.

Thank Dawn R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I went to Kiyomizu Dera as per suggested by my brother - the steep walk up the hill and the stairs - reaching the top overlooking towards the city. It was definitey worth it - with tourist flocking at every corner. This is a another...More

Thank Daniel L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Heavy repairs being undertaken at the moment, and much of the attractiveness is to be found in the grounds themselves, and the shopping streets leading to the entrance gates. Try to find a nice weather day; it makes a big difference. Surprisingly, while crowded with...More

1  Thank Gregory394
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this temple multiple times and, while very crowded on most days, is worth the visit. The only caveat I have is that the temple is under renovation and as such, much of it is covered in scaffolding. The interior shrine room is...More

Thank gentryfunk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really beautiful views, there's a big atreet where you can buy a lot of things in the way up to the temples. All the views from.the temple to the city are great, awesome place to fall in love

Thank Elil G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This temple is impressive in photos but unfortunately it’s all covered for renovation works until about 2020 I believe. There is some nice buildings and a tall pagoda in the same complex which is worth a look however and the complex does offer a good...More

1  Thank Paulieol
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Celine L
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.
June 15, 2018|
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Response from Dutchtraveller007 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there was as I took the bike myself, it is near the parking lot for private cars and after the parking lot you have a small walk up the old street up to the temple entrance. On the map it might be south west located of... More