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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Travel Guide - Kiyomizu-dera Temple


Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a historic temple originally established in 778, which is even earlier than the time when Kyoto became the capital of Japan in 794. The temple's current Hondo main hall was reconstructed in 1633 by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The Hondo main hall has a famous wooden stage, supported on hundreds of pillars, which stands 13 meters above ground and juts out over the hillside. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Kyoto City from here.
The three small water streams flowing under the Hondo main hall are called "Otowa-no-Taki (Otowa Waterfall)". The temple's name "Kiyomizu" literally means clean water, and the name came from it. The water is believed to have powers for longevity, health, and learning. Many visitors line up to drink the sacred water.
The temple's three-story pagoda, designated as an important cultural property, is 31 meters tall and is one of the highest three-story pagodas in Japan. Dotted around the precincts are other halls and shrines including Jishu-jinja Shrine.
Both Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Jishu-jinja Shrine in the temple's premises were registered as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto in 1994.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • 6:00 - 18:00 *varies according to the season
  • Special evening session: 18:30 - 21:30 (March 8 - 17, March 22 - April 7, August 14 - 16, November 15 - December 8) *varies according to the season


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • 300 yen (General, Adult)
  • 200 yen (Child)
  • Special evening session: 400 yen (General, Adult)
  • Special evening session: 200 yen (Child)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes from JR Kyoto Station by the #206 bus. Get off at Kiyomizu-michi Bus stop.
  • 20 minutes walk from Kiyomizu-gojo Station on the Keihan Main Line

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1-294, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0862


Nick Watanabe @watanabe2k - 2019-06-26
@pedzz_bd The worst was in the Path to Darkness under Kiyomizu Temple, and some Japanese teenagers were yelling for fun.
American Girl In Asia @GirlinAsia - 2019-06-25
Walking through the grounds of the #kiyomizuderatemple taking it all in. A memorial to the worlds unknown soldiers… https://t.co/hElVfGyRRV
Arugula & Rocket @ArugulaRocket - 2019-06-25
Loved visiting the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in spite of the scorching heat! 🇯🇵 🥵 ☀️
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Shaun Curry @Author_Shaun - 2019-06-24
Kiyomizu-dera, a beautiful temple in Kyoto that is over 1,200 years old and taking its name from the waterfall on t… https://t.co/VQHncxJDJ4
Robert Yellin @RobertYellin - 2019-06-23
Named a Living National Treasure for Sometsuke or cobalt blue Kondo Yuzo(1903-1985) was a Kyoto giant in the art sc… https://t.co/j3AVnkTcVR
たく @KIU_WED4_TAKU - 2019-06-23
@tedankhamen I went late at night. So I can’t enter Kiyomizu temple
Iloon 🌸 Japan @iloonwanders - 2019-06-22
So today we went to Kiyomizu-dera but they were renovating the temple so I couldnt take any nice shots from the tem… https://t.co/hiRZRRKXPP
KrystleMarie Bugarin @kryystlemariee - 2019-06-22
CROWDED | The view in front of the Kiyomizu Temple. The streets were packed with tourists visiting the temple on th… https://t.co/zN8kmz17gX
Swiss Saints @Gion_Swiss - 2019-06-22
@MayaYoshida3 this is at the amazing Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto isn't it? Absolutely fantastic! 👍🇯🇵😇
Veronica Campos @_verocampos_ - 2019-06-22
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the largest and most popular temples in Japan. In my blog I talk about a few rituals… https://t.co/MKWT6XxrWl
KrystleMarie Bugarin @kryystlemariee - 2019-06-21
ALLEYWAY | A beautiful cherry blossom find on the way to the Kiyomizu Temple. Not pictured are a group of tourists,… https://t.co/YB9wiYbTUE
Brit K. Caley @BritKCaley - 2019-06-20
@RootisTabootus Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera temple, Osaka Castle and Dotonbori are pretty cool but very tou… https://t.co/4FxDiqZNrH
Johan Djayanto @johandjayanto - 2019-06-20
For the first time in fifty years, Kyoto's famous World Heritage Site Kiyomizu-dera Temple is having the roof of it… https://t.co/1JUq3VuVi8
Sharon @sharonpenguin - 2019-06-20
Tofu Meal.. who wants to eat le tofu? 🥰 @ 清水寺 (Kiyomizu-dera Temple) https://t.co/cB5BGrMN6B
Rev. Zenji Nio 🇯🇵🇮🇳🇨🇦🇺🇸 @NioZenji - 2019-06-19
@KindKami @superma81301234 It's actually the garden of a Buddhist temple. Japan has 80,000 Buddhist temples - incl… https://t.co/YPHfMHOhjZ
y @shatofuy - 2019-06-19
Dylan posted picture of around Kiyomizu temple. I was very close there today actually! Im so happy just with that
yuzu @shatofuy - 2019-06-19
Dylan posted picture of around Kiyomizu temple. I was very close there today actually! Im so happy just with that
yuz🌸 @shatofuy - 2019-06-19
Dylan posted picture of around Kiyomizu temple. I was very close there today actually! Im so happy just with that
Kim Dao @kimdaoblog - 2019-06-18
We were all so obsessed with these delicious waffle sticks from @kyocafechacha My favourite is the matcha flavour 🍵… https://t.co/dGdw4tkYUP
Simon [Icarus / ICR] @IcarusFW - 2019-06-18
Starting a nice long exploration of Higashiyama, starting at Kiyomizu-dera #kyoto2019 @ 清水寺 (Kiyomizu-dera Temple) https://t.co/vM2jNMlDpl
dandpphotography @dandp_photo - 2019-06-18
The beautiful city of Kyoto. View from the Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
#kyoto #kiyomizu_dera #japan #japanphotography #… https://t.co/Ymcwcn0qn3
H.I.S Travel Malaysia @histravelmy - 2019-06-17

Kyoto have many UNESCO World Heritage Sites which include 12 Buddhist Temples, 3 Shinto Shrine… https://t.co/Dpd4XiqbJP
Lisa Swartos @lswartos - 2019-06-17
Walked 8 miles yesterday visiting temples, shrines and parks! More photos to come. The Kiyomizu-dera temple was a h… https://t.co/5oV8pIRu72
CultureTravCo @CultureWithTrav - 2019-06-16
'Kiyomizu Buddist Temple, Kyoto, Japan' - @worldtravellerstories 📸
Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo 😊… https://t.co/xSLhDhXAXu
Ryu Jae Sung @Wizdomholic - 2019-06-16
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John Pernock 🏳️‍🌈 @johnpernock - 2019-06-15
Coming down from the temple was mobbed! I was over the huge crowd. Still the view was awesome. #kyoto #kiyomizu… https://t.co/3OYJM31PxS
John Pernock 🏳️‍🌈 @johnpernock - 2019-06-15
Kiyomizu-fees Temple was breathtaking. The view was incredible over Kyoto. #kyoto #kiyomizutemple #japan… https://t.co/Z7mOV2qTlu
Travel Japanese App @traveljpapp - 2019-06-15
Plaques with prayers or wishes at a shrine next to Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto. https://t.co/BLjpeXHrJA https://t.co/CW5jDg9NUB
Vivienne @breathinagb - 2019-06-15
Today we went to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and it was so beautiful. There was an extraordinary view and so much greenery… https://t.co/ooHMBKLEta
のあ @kikiki__07 - 2019-06-15
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Noëlle @noelleblamr - 2019-06-14
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IrishTravelTradeNews @ittn_ie - 2019-06-13
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