Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
4.5
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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  • Angelica D.
    Fredericton, Canada33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy walk, small reward
    The experience is fine. It's a slightly uphill road walk then some stairs. There are a multitude of temples that can be visited for free. As well there is a beautiful view point without paying entrance fees. The entrance fee is 400¥ and it is cash only. The nearest ATM is back at the bottom of the hill.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Akshay Sharma
    New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit shrine in Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    This temple is a world heritage site in Kyoto. There is an entry ticket for the same. Once inside one can walk through to other mountain on a trail. The shrine provides a good view of the city. Along the road to the shrine there are multiple shops selling artefacts. The shrine closes at 6pm.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Sa
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Look what a wonderful Japanese history!
    I used to visit Kiyomizu Temple when I was in college. This is one of my favorite place in Kyoto. Not only enjoy visiting the temple, just enjoy hang out with my friends , had looked some stores along the way. This time, I took tour for my international friends and they were very happy with all, so I would recommend it to everyone!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Joane F
    Birmingham, Michigan13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kiyomizu Dera
    Spectacular views. Be sure to walk beyond the main temple to enjoy the entire site. Outlying Shrines are equally beautiful and well worth the walk. The stroll to and from the Shrine is filled with quaint shops and restaurants. Stopping for matcha ice cream on a hot day was an added bonus.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 6 July 2023
  • SFM9
    Rutherford, Australia263 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful walk
    My husband and I went at 6am when it first opens, it was absolutely beautiful. With hardly any people around it was great for photo opportunities. It was quite a large area and took us a good hour to really explore. We stopped to just take in the view many times. There are many steps so be prepared for that.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Jacqui F
    London, United Kingdom310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Temple at sunset
    This enchanting temple, perched atop steep and narrow streets, is a treat to encounter at the golden hour of sunset. With Mount Otawa above, and Kyoto at its feet, the view is incredible. Built in the 17th Century, the stage in front of the main hall is an incredible feat of engineering. When you are on the stage itself, enjoying the view and being serenaded by prayer bells, you feel as if the stage is floating. It’s only when you walk down through the complex that you truly appreciate the structure. It sits on a vast scaffold of wood, constructed without the use of nails. The name Kiyomizu literally means Pure Water, and the temple is named for the waterfall it was built beside. The waterfall has been canalised into streams of water that can be used for washing hands and mouth for purification. It’s a magical place to visit, and at a very reasonable cost of 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children up to high school age, you’ll want to make a donation of some kind within the complex to help with the upkeep.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Andy T
    Perth, Australia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful architecture and views
    If you can only visit one temple in Kyoto, this should be it. Less crowds than Mt Inari (still very busy but more space at least). The architecture is beautiful, as are the views of the forest and surrounding suburbs. Be prepared for the heat in summer, but the walking is not too harsh, and there's plenty of great spots nearby for lunch.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    The traffic & the crowds getting in and out here via the narrow roads & shops are a bit of a nightmare, but as you climb up the hill to the temple complex, it's all worthwhile. The several buildings including the main temple, the gatehouse and the pagoda are stunning, and set against marvellous treed greenery. There's water flowing in streams everywhere. There's ythe usual shops & toilets. Very crowded, but worth it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Gelatin
    Hythe, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This places was breath taking!
    After waking up the steep but beautiful street we entered the main gate. It was flooded with so many people but was so breathtaking. We walked further to by a ticket to get within the temple (very cheap!). The views were to die for -yet crowded! The shrines were so picturesque, but remember that were there is art, there is a queue!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Karin
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit!
    Marvelous temple, very beautiful, but take good walking shoes because the way up to the temple can be hard on the legs and feet. Other than that, the 400 yen cover was worth it! Beautiful views, stunning nature passages, and the calm sense of nature and peace will welcome you as you walk along the different kinds of paths that there are to discover in this temple. There is also a part of the temple that is under construction, but nothing that will hinder the other views. The little store that sells amulets and Omikuji fortune draws opens at 8:30 am, so take a good jacket if you're going in the early morning, since the temperatures can reach the 50's and you will freeze.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 November 2023
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazingly beautiful, Kiyozumi-Dera is one of the most popular shrines in Kyoto. Located slightly uphill, the site offers you mesmerising views of the city as well.
Written 20 May 2024
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BHBTG
Winsford, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Iconic pagoda and buildings at the front, but if you take a picture here and leave, you're missing out. Pay the 500 yen for the temple and walk around the hillside, you get some amazing views of both Kyoto town, but also the temple buildings from different and pleasing angles. There's nowhere to eat or drink here with it being a spiritual place, but with the price even for a short look say the views.

Important: this place gets really busy, not only with tourists but with school groups, get here early, certainly before 8am
Written 20 May 2024
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Beth Anne P
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This is one of the most memorable temples we visited in Japan, perched on the side of a hill with remarkable views of the city. Its a UNESCO World Heritage site and absolutely stunning in its architecture and location, as is the temple gate leading into grounds. The temple grounds are also home to a number of other pagoda and shrines and connect to view points and hiking paths. Its quite crowded with both tourists and worshippers and you should make sure you aren't getting in the way of people's prayers. Along with Nijo-ji, Fushimi Inari, and Kinkaku-ji is probably one of the places you should make an effort to see in Kyoto.
Written 18 May 2024
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Julie S
mossley344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A beautiful temple to visit with a huge veranda and lots of buildings. Be aware though that are lots of steps, some quite steep. Had a lovely wander around and watched the priests performing their duties. There is also a pagoda a little walk away if you want to see it up close.
Written 13 May 2024
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I would love to give this five stars but again, the crowds made it difficult to enjoy parts of this experience. It's a really beautiful place with a nice five story pagoda, and the main hall on stilts is very impressive. There is a nice walk to a small pagoda where people pray for fertility. The main hall and the views of the main hall with Kyoto in the background were the most crowded areas. It is definitely worth visiting but probably best to go as early as possible.
Written 28 April 2024
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davetheguide
Tel Aviv, Israel5,674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Without doubt, this is the number one Buddhist temple in Kyoto. If you visit only one during your visit to the city, make sure it's this one.
Written 27 April 2024
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India1,098 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It's the most beautiful temple in Kyoto situated on a small mountain. It is famous for the viewing platform, three storey pagoda and spring water. Kiyomizu-dera is Kyoto's most popular tourist attraction. The main hall has a large veranda, supported by tall pillars, that projects out 13 meters over the hillside and offers impressive views of the city. The Pillars and the floor is made from wood without using a single nail. The bright colors of the temple and the view surrounding it gives very good photo opportunity. It should not be missed.
Written 25 April 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I took the City Bus # 206 from Stop D2 at the Kyoto Station to reach this attraction. The line of passengers wanting to board was long. Along the way, local Japanese students got on and off this bus.

It was a short walk from the Kiyomizui Bus Stop to the entrance of this attraction. The street is uphill, quite narrow. Both sides of the street have shops, stores, snack bars, selling their stuffs.

The short walk took time because of the number of people walking the tiny street. Taking photos was also difficult. Most visitors, during my visit, were Japanese students on their field trip.

There are 2 colorful temples (bright orange) at the end of the street. There are steps to climb to get closer to these temples. From here, one can see the downtown area of Kyoto and the Kyoto Tower. Took some photos here and hurriedlly left to escape the crowd.
Written 24 April 2024
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AptosAmy
Aptos, CA608 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
So what if Kiyomizu-dera Temple, at 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, in Kyoto, Japan is a religious and spiritual marvel filled with beauty and meaning? It is too crowded. You cannot even move. The experience is not one of marvel or delight or wonder. Instead, the experience is of throngs of people, being unable to walk or move, nowhere to go etc.
Written 20 April 2024
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Kyz Winkley
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful spot, the shopping street surrounding is great too. The younger teens were a bit meh about the climb but it isn't hard. We went twice once in the afternoon and once first thing in the morning. I definitely recommend the second option as you will avoid the crowds. If you go around 8am you'll catch the shops too.
Written 20 April 2024
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