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    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    Kyoto’s most popular and revered temple with superb views from the balcony

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple is the headquarters of the Kitahosso sect of Buddhism.  It hosts 15 temple buildings in the huge temple precinct located on the slope of Mount Otowa.  The Buddhist priest, Enchin, was led by the Kannon Bosatsu to open the temple at this location in 778, and the powerful samurai lord in those days, Tamuramaro Sakanoue, established the temple structures.  Since then, the temple has been widely revered among people in Kyoto.  It is one of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  The inclining temple approach is lined with café, restaurants and souvenir shops and the vermilion Nio-mon and Sai-mon Gates stand at the end of the slope.  The main hall (National Treasure) is where the main deity of the Thousand-hand Kannon is placed.  What is  most famous about this temple is the balcony - so called “Kiyomizu no Butai.”  The wooden balcony is constructed with no nails but just interlocking timber.  The view from the balcony is unforgettable no matter which season it is.  On the east side of the main hall under the cliff is the famous Otowa Waterfall.  Drinking the water of this waterfall is believed to ward off illness and to make your wishes come true.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,December issue,2013


    Name Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    Address 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-551-1234
    Hours 6:00-18:00 (seasonally changed)
    Recommended Entry: 300 yen; Special night-time lit-up: 400 yen; Night-time opening in spring, mid Aug. and autumn