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Kyoto's Beautiful Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple in the eastern part of Kyoto is one of the most popular temples in Japan. During the autumn when the maple leaves are changing color and the evening light festivals take place, it is spectacular. The temple is Buddhist and was founded in 778 on the side of the Otowa Mountain. The Otowa Waterfall contributes to the temple's name, as Kiyomizu-dera literally means “Pure Water Temple.”

At the base of the mountain where the waterfall is located, the water descends into three streams. There is a shrine where visitors can drink from each stream. The waters are said to have a different benefit: longevity, success at school, and a fortunate love life. Drinking from all three is considered greedy, so it is up to the visitor to select carefully!

The temple is part of a large park with plenty of space to enjoy the various temples, shrines, and halls. There is a teahouse and cafe for refreshment as well.

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by Andi Fisher
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