Kiyomizudera Temple

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Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally «Pure Water Temple») is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

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How to get to temple Kiyomizudera Temple

By bus

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.

Tips for travellers

Best time to see

Spring and Fall Illumination
18:00 to 21:00 during Hanatoro around mid March, from late March to mid April and from mid November to early December (from 17:30 during the autumn)

How to save money

400 yen

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