Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

 Kiyomizu-dera (The temple of clear water) is a historic temple that was established in 778, prior to Kyoto becoming the capital of Japan.  Like so many buildings in Japan it has burnt down and been rebuilt many times in its history.
The majority of the current buildings were rebuilt by the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu during the early Edo period (1631 to 1633).
The temple was registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994.
The main hall is famous for a couple of things, the Eleven Headed and Thousand Armed Kannon Bodhisattva – which is famous for the power of answering prayers and the Kiyomizu Stage.
The massive stage uses huge 12-meter high wooden pillars and the entire construction is nail free. The view form the stage looking over Kyoto is amazing.There are many other important cultural properties including the Deva gate, west gate, three-storied pagoda and bell tower.

 Kiyomizudera was built on the site of the  Otowa waterfall which is below the  Kiyomizudera main stage. There are 3 different streams of water and there are cups for visitors to catch some water to drink
Each stream has a different significance – longevity, knowledge and romance.
So you pick which one you want help with, but don’t drink from all three, that’s just plain greedy! .
More info here

How to get there:
From Kyoto station you can take the number 100 or 206  bus, around 230 yen and get off at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop,and walk up to the temple Or on the Keihan Railway line from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station and then walk.
Opening hours are generally 09:00-18:00 but there are some night openings too.
Admission is 300 yen

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