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    Kiyomizu-dera Temple is notable for its vast veranda, that offers impressive views of the Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the best known sights of Kyoto, being particularly popular in cherry blossom season when the main hall is surrounded by a carpet of blossom. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)” listing.

    Otowa-no-taki (Waterfall) with its three channels of water landing in the pond Kiyomizu-dera

    Otowa-no-taki (Waterfall) with its three channels of water landing in the pond Kiyomizu-dera

    Kiyomizu-dera (the temple of clear water) name comes from the water in the stream which comes from a spring in the mountain above the temple. Within the temple grounds is the Otowa Waterfall, which provides a focal point and dramatic demonstration of the clear water. Visitors can collect and drink the water, which is said to have special powers.

    Kiyomizu-dera History

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple was established in 778AD, prior to Kyoto becoming the capital of Japan, halfway up Mt Otowa. This location provides an excellent vantage point to view the city of Kyoto on the flood plain below. Most of the current buildings of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex date to 1631-1633, when they were rebuilt after being destroyed by fire. The third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu provided most of the funds for this major reconstruction.

    Some of the 400 plus cypress floor boards Inside Hondo Kiyomizudera Temple

    Some of the 400 plus cypress floor boards Inside Hondo Kiyomizudera Temple

    Hondo (Main Hall) Kiyomizu-dera

    The main focus for most visitors to Kiyomizu-dera is the Hondo or Main Hall, which is dramatic building, particular given its date of construction. It features a stage which is supported by 12m high keyaki (Japanese Zelkova) pillars. The floor of the Hondo is made from more than 400 cypress boards. All of this construction was completed without using any nails, so as to aid with the dis-assembly when regular maintenance is conducted on the Hondo. The Hondo is a designated National Treasure. Within the Hondo is enshrined the hidden Eleven Headed and Thousand Armed Kannon, Bodhisattva.

    12-meter high keyaki (Japanese Zelkova) pillars of the Hondo (Main Hall) Kiyomizudera Temple Kyoto

    12-meter high keyaki (Japanese Zelkova) pillars of the Hondo (Main Hall) Kiyomizudera Temple Kyoto

    Kiyomizu-dera Structures

    Deva Gate with Three Story Pagoda and West Gate to the right Kiyomizu-dera Temple Kyoto

    Deva Gate with Three Story Pagoda and West Gate to the right Kiyomizu-dera Temple Kyoto

    Torri leading to Jishu-jinja Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

    Torri leading to Jishu-jinja Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex

    Jishu-jinja is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Okunimushi the god of love and good matches leading to marriage.

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      This temple is a must to visit in Japan. The architecture is so beautiful and the view from the veranda is amazing. It is a perfect photo shooting spot. Leading this temple is a steep alley called Sannenzaka, which is a serious of charming old style shops and cafes.

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