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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

The "stage" of the Main Hall is an amazing overhanging wooden platform

Located on Mount Otowa in the middle eastern part of Kyoto City, Kiyomizu-dera is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto and has always attracted thousands of visitors. This temple, established in 778, boasts a number of historical landmarks on its grounds, including a host of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. The most famous one is the Main Hall, built on a promontory, featuring the symbolic "stage," a wooden overhanging platform. The view of the city from here is absolutely magnificent.

  • ©Photo Kazuya Sudo

  • ©Photo Kazuya Sudo

©Photo Kazuya Sudo

The Main Hall, Kiyomizu-dera Temple

The huge Main Hall, constructed during the early years of the Edo Period (1603-1868), is the core feature of the temple and was rightly designated as a National Treasure. Its wooden platform hangs over a promontory supported by 13-meter-high crisscrossed pillars made from over 400-year-old zelkova trees and offers the visitor panoramic views of Kyoto City. This temple's principal image is the statue of the Eleven-headed Thousand-armed Kannon Bodhisattva, which is located in a small shrine designated as a National Treasure and is only opened to the public every 33 years.

Hokan-ji Temple (Yasaka Tower)

Hokan-ji Temple, located very close to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, is also called Yasaka Tower due to its well-known five-story pagoda. The 46-meter-high tower, an Important Cultural Property, was reconstructed in the 15th century. It is now one of the main features of the landscape of the Higashiyama area and a representative landmark of Kyoto.

Sannei-zaka Traditional Architectures Preservation District

Sannei-zaka is the hilly road that leads to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and the area around this road is also known as Sannen-zaka, a designated Traditional Architectures Preservation District. It showcases an outstanding historic landscape with a number of traditional buildings and structures, including many shrines and temples, as well as "machiya" houses built between the late Edo Period and Taisho Era (1912-1926). This paved hilly road with its stone steps and snaking sections is lined with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops that attract thousands of tourists.

Location

Name Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Website https://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/en/
Address 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Access From Gion-shijo Station on the Keihan Railway or Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Railway, take the City Bus and get off at the Kiyomizu-michi or the Gojozaka bus stop and walk for approximately 10 minutes.
Inquiries TEL: 075-551-1234

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