Kiyomizu-dera on Mount Otowa is one of the most famous temples in Japan, a place that appears in every sequence of Japanese travel photos. The landscape is all cherry trees and forest; it is among Kyoto's loveliest spots. The current structure dates to 1633 and is one of 33 temples on a pilgrimage circuit in the Kansai region dedicated to Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The circuit runs from the south of Wakayama north to the Sea of Japan. You’ll see pilgrims carrying nokyo-cho—books stamped to record the visit—and monks busily inscribing in calligraphy. The temple, set against a steep hill and constructed on huge pilings, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Kyoto's Beautiful Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kyoto's Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto
Climbing to Kiyomizu-dera
It's sturdier than it looks
When to Visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple
The View From Kiyomizu-dera
Feeling History at Kiyomizu-dera Temples in Kyoto
Temple Touring in Japan's Old Imperial Capital
Strolling around the scenic Kiyomizu Temple
Kiyomizuzaka is the Kyoto street that leads up to Kiyomizudera. Lined with ceramics shops specializing in bowls and everything else you need for a tea ceremony, the street also has stores selling Buddhist paraphernalia and regular souvenirs as well as a few food stops. An excellent place for arts and crafts in all price ranges.