Kyoto Basics: Kiyomizudera Temple in 3 Minutes

Kyoto Basics: Kiyomizudera Temple in 3 Minutes

Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple is probably the most popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. It was built in 778. The temple compound includes 15 buildings. The one everyone needs to visit is the Kiyomizu Stage which is extended from the main hall. The view from this stage is marvelous. The supporting poles are assembled without the use of nails. There is a famous saying “Jump off Kiyomizu Stage”. This describes a feeling when people decide to try something radical. This act was actually a kind of prayer, and 234 people jumped from the stage during the Edo Period (1603 – 1867). But don’t try it. On the right side of the stage (as you face the hill) are a gigantic crosier and sandal, which is it fun to try and pick up. They weigh 90 kg and 14 kg respectively. These were a gift from training preachers in the middle of the Meiji Era (1868 – 1912). Near the bottom of the stage there is a waterfall which separates into three. Various legends exist about it, but they all agree that if you drink water from the waterfall, your wish about study (left (when facing the waterfall)), love (center) or long life (right) will come true.

Kiyomizudera Temple
300 yen/adult, 200 yen/middle school student
6:00 – 18:00 (subject to change)
Bus — Take 206 or 100 and get off at Gojozaka (from Kyoto Station).
Train — Take Keihan Line and get off at Kiyomizu Gojo. Walk east.

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