KIYOMIZU-DERA

Kiyomizu-dera - Guide to Kiyomizu-dera Temple complete with many pictures in cherry blossom season of Kiyomizu-dera's gardens. Kiyomizu-dera is in Kyoto Japan.

Kiyomizu-dera (or Kiyomizudera, 清水寺) refers to several Buddhist temples but most commonly to Otowasan Kiyomizudera (音羽山清水寺) in Eastern Kyoto, and one of the best known sights of the city. The temple dates back to 798, but the present buildings were constructed in 1633. The temple takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills - kiyoi mizu (清い水) literally means pure water.

Kiyomizu-dera
Kiyomizu-dera with impressive veranda

Kiyomizu-dera Temple Tours

Organised guided tours are available in English to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. These are available as half day tours including Heian Shrine and Sanjusangendo, or day tours including Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion and Sanjusangendo.

Kiyomizu-dera Tour Options
Kyoto Day Tour - Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple
Kyoto Afternoon Tour - Heian Shrine, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple

The main hall of Kiyomizu-dera is notable for its vast veranda, supported by hundreds of pillars, which juts out over the hillside and offers impressive views of the Kyoto city. The expression "to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu" (「清水の舞台から飛び降りる」) is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the plunge". This refers to an Edo period tradition that held that, if one were to survive jumping from the stage, one's wish would be granted.

This appears plausible: the lush vegetation below the platform might cushion the fall of a lucky pilgrim, though the practice is now prohibited. 234 jumps were recorded in Edo period and of those, 85.4 percent survived. The fall is indeed only 13 metres, which remains impressive for a wooden construction.

Otowa-no-taki
Otowa-no-taki with its three channels of water

Beneath the main hall is the waterfall Otowa-no-taki, where three channels of water drop into a pond. Visitors to the temple collect the water, which is believed to have therapeutic properties, from the waterfall in metal cups. It is said that drinking the water of the three streams confers health, longevity, and success in studies.

The temple complex contains several other shrines, notably Jishu-jinja, dedicated to Okuninushino-Mikoto, a god of love and "good matches". Jishu-jinja possesses a pair of "love stones" placed 18 metres apart, which lonely visitors attempt to walk between with their eyes closed. Success in reaching the other stone, eyes closed, is taken as a presage that the pilgrim will find love. One can be assisted in the crossing, but this is taken to mean that an intermediary will be needed. The persons romantic interest can assist them as well.

The complex also includes all the fixtures of a popular temple, being one of the most-visited attractions of the city: hawkers offering various talismans, incense, and o-mikuji (paper fortunes ranging from "great fortune" to "great ill") abound. Indeed the high popularity of the place means that tourists will find it difficult to take pictures on the main temple's platform.

Kiyomizu-dera Pictures


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Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple
Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple
Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Playing Maiko Trainee Geisha

Playing Maiko Trainee Geisha
Cherry Blossom at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Cherry Blossom at Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sandels in a shop near Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Sandels in a shop near Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex


 
Playing Maiko Trainee Geisha

Playing Maiko Trainee Geisha
Playing Maiko Trainee Geisha

Playing Maiko Trainee Geisha
Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple
Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Cherry Blossom at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Cherry Blossom at Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fox Statue at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Fox Statue at Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Cherry Blossom at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Cherry Blossom at Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Temple within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Gate within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Gate within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Piller Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Piller Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple
Shops near Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Shops near Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Shops near Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Shops near Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Inside one of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Inside one of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex


 
One of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

One of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Inside Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Inside Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple


 
One of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

One of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex


 
Inside Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Inside Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple


 
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
Inside one of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Inside one of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex
One of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

One of the temples within Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex


 


 
Purification outside Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Purification outside Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple
Bell Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

Bell Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex


 


 
Shops near Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Shops near Kiyomizu-dera Temple


 
Statue at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Statue at Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Statue Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Statue Kiyomizu-dera Temple


 
Inside Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Inside Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple
Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple

Otowasan Kiyomizudera Temple
Water feature at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Water feature at Kiyomizu-dera Temple


 
Statue at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Statue at Kiyomizu-dera Temple


 
 

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