Japan 2017: Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto and derives its name from the fall’s pure waters. –Japan Guide

This temple is most famous for the wooden stage along its main hall. However, there are also other shrines and places to see within the area. Two of the most popular is the Jishu Shrine (just behind the main hall) and the Otawa Waterfall (at the base of the main hall). I, unfortunately, didn’t take many pictures after seeing the main hall because I was already tired. It was a long and uphill walk from the Kiyomizu-michi bus stop! Amidst the long walk, it was still enjoyable walking along Higashiyama District. There were lots of stalls that sell food and souvenirs.













Entrance to the Jishu Shrine

It was very much unfortunate that renovations were ongoing when we visited. We didn’t see all of Kiyomizu-dera’s beauty. I can’t wait to be and see it again after all the renovations are done! 🙂


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To keep it short and simple: I'm thirty years old. Still plenty young, but not as young as I used to be.

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