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Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
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This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of...

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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We visited this beautiful setting on our day off on our recent Journeys to the East Autumn Leaves tour. We combined it with visits to two other sites, catching taxis. There were... read more

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Kiyomizu-dera Temple was on the top of our list for places to visit in Kyoto. It's probably the same for everyone else as the place was packed even quite early in the morning! Luckily it was a beautiful sunny day and the orange structures shimmered under a bright blue sky! There was a lot of renovation work going on so... More 

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Florence, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this beautiful setting on our day off on our recent Journeys to the East Autumn Leaves tour. We combined it with visits to two other sites, catching taxis. There were crowds of people but this didn't spoil the experience in any way. The views over the valley, with magnificent autumn colours were wonderful. Catching taxis from venue to... More 

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Absolutely delightful evening visit. Open 1-4 dec for the autumn leaves and spectacular evening. Temples are huge, walk ways were marvellous. Photos speak for themselves.

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Caerleon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Pretty touristy but actually pretty amazing when you look past the thousands of selfie sticks. You can go into a pitch-black tunnel and get re-born as you come out the other side too (we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with that!). Lots of steps to climb though so reserve for a day when it's not so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the 3 best sites I visited. It can be reached by the Number 100 bus. We tried walking there from the Gion area. Forget that. It's too far. Ending up taking a taxi up there but, the bus back.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited it recently during night illumination with autumn colours. 400 yen for what must be the best view in town. Yes, you do have to hike for it , so it is a workout but you are truly rewarded on some of these views. Crowded as expected but every where you look is amazing. You get to see the kyoto... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I won't lie: It's a heck of a walk to get up to KMD Temple...and it's worth it! Even the crowds, which were 10 deep at the best spots for photos, were not an issue; you have to get up there and see this, period! Hire a Rickshaw if you must; do not miss this. NOTE: I understand MUCH of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was always a busy place, even 20 years ago. But it now seems completely overrun. You must go here at least once and if possible in every season. It's one of best places in Kyoto. Maybe early in the morning is best?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came here to see the temple and it was during peak fall season. We also happened to come near the end of the day (4pm) and get to see the evening lights (for Fall season only). This temple is one of the best in the area and the least expensive (400yen). It's a must see. The walk leading up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful experience when visiting Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera is a very nice temple complex on hills above Kyoto. Adding to the charm and fun of visiting the temple is the market street leading up to the entrance. Many shops along the main road leading up to the temple. Those include pottery, food, clothing and tourist shops. Another unique experience is the numerous... More 

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