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[Kiyomizu-dera Temple]

Kiyomizu-dera Temple located in Higashiyama is the famous stage of Kiyomizu

This is the sole Daihonzan (head temple) of the Kita Hoso sect established by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro.
Sei Shonagon is said to have once worshiped here. The precincts are spread over the entire foothills of Otowa Mountain, where the cherry blossoms in spring and colorful leaves in autumn display beautiful harmony with the halls, towers and cathedrals. The main hall with the stage overhanging from the hillside is constructed in a rare style called 'kengaizukuri', and is designated as a national treasure. The Eleven Headed and Thousand Armed Kannon Bodhisattva, the principal image, is the treasured Buddhist statue that is unveiled every 33 years. Generally, the Omaedachizo can be viewed. There are many places to see in the mountain such as the Otowa Waterfall, the Deva gate, the Umatodome horse stable, the three-storied pagoda, and the Kaizan-do hall. It was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Viewing period Sakura: End of March to beginning of April
Special night viewing: March 8th to 17th, March 29th to April 7th, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Last admission)
* Depending on the weather, natural conditions etc., it may not be possible to see views like the ones in the photos / articles above. Furthermore, blooming and event schedules may vary.
* The special night viewing is scheduled to be held every year in end of March to beginning of April.
Address 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone +81-75-551-1234 (Japanese only)
Hours 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Open hours may vary with the season)
Holidays Open everyday
Admission fee Adults (high school students and over) 400 yen, elementary school students and junior high school students 200 yen, children (under elementary school age) free
Access Take the Kyoto City Bus Route No. 206 / 100 from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 13 minutes, alight at "Gojozaka" and walk for approx. 10 minutes.
* Travel time by bus is only an estimate. The bus may be delayed or be suspended according to traffic conditions, etc.
* Although the main hall roof is covered for rethatching work from February, 2017, the temple is open to public as usual.

updated on Mar 22, 2019

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