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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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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, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fairly compact temple complex. Very popular even in the cold of January. Many visitors dress in traditional costume. A good hike up the road to get there. One of the more colorful temples we saw while in Japan.

Thank Deac83
Reviewed 3 days ago

I recommend visiting and taking full part in the culture it provides. There are limited signs for english speakers, but its not hard to figure out the area and route. The main building costed 400 JPY to get in and we were confused at the...More

Thank alexhughey14
Reviewed 3 days ago

June 2016 - We rode bicycles around Kyoto (highly recommended) and arrived at Kiyomizu-dera relatively early in the day. Yes, it was crowded (though nowhere near as crowded as Kinkakuji), but as someone else mentioned, the crowds made it feel festive. As we approached, various...More

Thank jennigens
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good sightseeing , did not pay to get in to have further look, but was happy to see everything outside

Thank louisebarnettt
Reviewed 4 days ago

We came on a holiday, so it was jam packed with visitors, but that just added to the festive feel. This is a beautiful and elaborate temple complex, the entrance fee is not high, the walk up to it is fun (touristy, but lots of...More

Thank sobo_local2
Reviewed 4 days ago

As of April 2017, the main building is being restored, obscuring the view :( Open as usual and still many things to see and do, but you won't get the postcard like photos of the structure you've likely seen when research this place.

Thank Brandon H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Unfortunately we arrived and they were doing work on the outside of the structure. The road leading up to the temple is narrow and steep and look out for cars coming down. Have loads of small shops on the way to have a look at.

Thank Shelley M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Came here alone and enjoyed my time only by walking up the stairs from the parking lot. Came there on weekend, and it was really crowded. Many shops on both sides of the stairs, i stopped few times to buy souvenirs, bought some green tea...More

Thank Anastachi R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed the great spring view offered by the temple which is also part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. I would recommend this to friends and families travelling even to solo travellers.

Thank Lyn M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful site! The walk up was definitely packed with people. There is lots of shopping along the way (which we did on our way down). We started off/ended in a parking lot where all the tour buses park. There is a restroom at this lot...More

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I heard that Kiyomizu-dera is under construction/renovation. This what I saw: Construction Notice: Several of the buildings at Kiyomizudera have been undergoing renovation since 2008. Currently the temple grounds are almost free of construction sites; however, from January 2017, Kiyomizudera's main hall will be covered up for renovations which can be expected to have a big impact on a visit. The temple aims to complete all works by 2020. So as of now or soon, the Main hall will be covered according to japan-guide and should impact on a visit. Is the viewing deck part of the Main hall? I would like to go up to the deck area for view over Kyoto and take pictures. If it's a separate area, I'm going to assume that they mean it might also get overcrowded out at the deck since the Main hall is closed for viewing. I can't get a straigt answer at the forums at that site. All I'm getting is that other shrines and temples on the ground is still open. All I want to know is about the viewing deck up by the main hall. Thanks.
12 January 2017|
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Response from emnem216 | Reviewed this property |
I was just there a few days ago. Most of the construction is gone. I did not pay particular attention to the main hall viewing deck, I did not notice any areas closed off. Like another traveler mentioned, there are several... More
ange t
1 December 2016|
Response from familytravelchamp | Reviewed this property |
From Kyoto Station take bus number 100 or 206 in direction of Kiyomizudera. The Higashiyama district can be accessed from multiple bus stops between the Gojozaka (10 minutes, 230 yen one way) and Gion (15 minutes, 230 yen... More