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Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

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Have your wishes granted at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, an independent Buddhist temple and World Heritage Site dating back to 1633. Constructed during the Heian period, the main temple and its famous stage were built without using nails. From the stage, look out onto the treetops below and the view of Kyoto in the distance. In the temple complex, drink from the three streams of the Otowa waterfall, whose waters are believed to have wish-granting powers. At the Jishu shrine to the god of love and matchmaking, try to walk between two stones with your eyes closed: those who are successful will also successfully find love. To visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and other attractions in Kyoto, use our Kyoto day trip app.
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  • This is another wonderful Temple. We took the bus and then a steep hill for about 15 minutes passing lovely little shops and cafes along the way. There are a few steps after that, then a lovely... 
    This is another wonderful Temple. We took the bus and then a steep hill for about 15 minutes passing lovely little shops and cafes along the way. There are a few steps after that, then a lovely...  more »
  • This is my third time visiting here, but I can feel Kyoto every time I come here. It has a history of more than 1,000 years, and despite being burned down many times, the rebuilt building is enough... 
    This is my third time visiting here, but I can feel Kyoto every time I come here. It has a history of more than 1,000 years, and despite being burned down many times, the rebuilt building is enough...  more »
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  • Gorgeous temple and piece of Japanese history. I tried to get there for sunset but unfortunately there wasn't much of a view in the sky. Despite that, it was still a beautiful visit and I was grateful to have seen it. There's also these mini waterfall streams that you can drink from, each giving you some kind of benefit or blessing, but if you drink from more than one, you'll get bad luck! So don't be selfish :)
  • The JR pass has allowed us to visit so many wonderful places and this is no exception. Just a great place to walk around and admire the architecture of the shrine and nature. Lots of cool souvenir shops close by as well. So it’s a great attraction spot. The temple itself was under construction so we couldn’t see everything. Still had an enjoyable experience with the family.

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