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“Wonderful temple and surrounding area” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour
Ranked #4 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Owner description: 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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“Wonderful temple and surrounding area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

We arrived relatively early on a Saturday morning and it was not too busy - later on in the day it was very crowded. The temple is wonderful with fantastic views over Kyoto. Apparently it was built without using a single nail, and the supporting structure is amazing! Look out for the turtles in the pools of the garden. The streets leading up to the temple are not only full of pottery shops, but the other streets have many shops selling sweets, crackers, pickles, all sorts of things to eat so you can graze happily from shop to shop trying all the things on offer. There is also a kimono hire shop nearby (walking down the hill down a passage way on the right) so this area has many people dressed in kimonos wandering around and taking photos in the gardens - not real geishas but adding very much to the Kyoto atmosphere all the same. Highly recommended. We came back to return the kimono in the evening and the temple was beautifully lit - but the entrance fee goes up accordingly for the night-time entry!
PS be sure to try the sakura and green tea flavour ice cream (maybe only available in cherry blossom season!)

Visited April 2012
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“More delighted with the road leading to the temple...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

The path towards the entrance of the temple complex has so much eateries, stores and shops that it was really fun going into those stores... There we lots and lots of people as well during the time we visited this place. The Temple is just ok... you've seen from the pictures here and that's about it. Well, I guess you have to know the history and the story behind it to appreciate it more but I didn't have that time to know the story so I just look and walk..

Visited April 2012
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“Magnifecent temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

Probably, the most impressive temple we saw in Kyoto

Visited April 2012
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“Amazing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

Just got back from my trip to kyoto and found Kiyomizudera a must visit for first time visitors. Was lucky enough to visit at night where the lighting of the gardens and temple were amazing. Charming restaurants and shops for souvenir shopping are plenty around this area.

Visited April 2012
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“magnificent at night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

we didnt visit during the day time but based on the photos we have found online - it is definitely a must to go there in the evening - when they have turned on all the spot lights - directing onto the cherry blossoms/temples.
the way up kiyomizu temple was very nice too - u have to stop by all the shops to have a look at all the japanese craftwork. there are also snack options. so remember to go there with an empty stomach coz you will want to try them all :)

Visited April 2012
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