UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺)

One of my favourite place that I have revisited several time in Kyoto is Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺), which is  officially known as Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺), an independent Buddhist Temple located in the eastern part of Kyoto. Part of the  Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) is known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside. The stage offers visitors a magnificent view of Kyoto from a distance. The main hall, which is build together with the stage is build without the use of nails and house the temple primary object of worship, a small statue of the eleven faced, thousand armed Kannon.

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A walk to the behind of the main hall, one will find Jishu Shine, a shine dedicated to the diety of love and matchmaking. There is two stones placed 18 meters apart in front of the shine. It is said that 2 lovers who successfully find the way from one to another with the eyes closed will bring luck in their love / relationship.

Otowa Waterfall is located at the base of Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) main hall. Its waters are divided into three streams where visitors can use the cups attached to a long poles to drink from them. Each stream’s water is said to have a different benefit, namely to cause longevity, success at school and a fortunate love life. However, drinking from all three streams is considered greedy.

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Overall, the grounds of Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) is huge and a little hilly. It is a beautiful place that is worth a visit.

How to get there : 

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺) can be reached from Kyoto Station by bus number 100 or 206 (15 minutes, 230 yen). Get off at Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, from where it is a ten minute uphill walk to the temple. Alternatively, Kiyomizudera is about a 20 minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station along the Keihan Railway Line.


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