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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0862

The Basics

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kiyomizu-dera Temple should not be missed when visiting Kyoto. Although originally built in 798, most of the current buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries because of repeated fires throughout the years. Lovely gardens and shrines surround Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and the stage just off the Main Hall is famous for its city views.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a must-see attraction in Kyoto, so most organized tours include it on their itineraries. It’s also easily accessed via public transport. The complex offers tours of the temple and grounds conducted by a Buddhist priest.

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Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
$135.98 per adult
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Great overview of important sites in Kyoto
Tour included 6 sites on a busy holiday weekend. We had enough time at each to understand the significance of the site with history and other info provided by our guide. English language tour and the guide was excellent and spoke excellent English. She provided little bits of info about Japan in general and led the group in spite of the crowds to each site. I recommend this trip to visit many sites in one day
Marlon C, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Kyoto

star-4
Lots to see in an Afternoon!
Patrick_O, Feb 2020
Kyoto Afternoon Tour - Fushimiinari Shrine & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
This is a nice tour especially if you only have an afternoon. Be sure to be on time as we were late as we got lost a little bit. Hakata station is large and our cab driver dropped us on the wrong side. Give yourself enough time to find the Sunrise office. The three stops were very interesting. Kyoto has a lot to see so maybe a full day tour would be better. Our tour guide was good. Worthwhile tour.
star-5
Excellent one day tour
verobizet, Nov 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Perfect day to discover Kyoto. our guide Yuki was were nice Lunch was excellent and organization went very well
star-5
Hits the big spots in one easy day!
Kish_D, Jul 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
We had ‘KC’ as our guide, he was fantastic. Knowledgable, entertaining and timely! This tour nails all the main sights in one day, and is a fantastic use of the day. You could achieve the same yourself, but you’d never receive the wealth of information given by the guide, or the efficiency of getting around and into places.
star-4
Crowded but unforgettable!
Andree_L, Jun 2019
Kyoto Afternoon Tour - Fushimiinari Shrine & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
The guide was friendly, informative, funny, and explained a lot about Japanese history and customs which I had not read of heard before. Nothing could be done about the crowds at the sites and in the lovely small streets of Kyoto, but everything that could be controlled and organized was very well done. Sanjunsangendo was one of the most intense experiences of my life!
star-5
Best Tour
Phoebe_S, Jun 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Michi was wonderful. She was efficient and knowledgeable. Full of energy despite the hot weather! We love the tour for covers the main highlights/attractions of Kyoto all in one day. Even the tour bus driver was pleasant and kind to take us all in our hotel for it rained at the end of the tour. The lunch was superb. Thank you Viator and JTB tours
star-5
Great day out
Lesley_S, Jun 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
We really enjoyed our tour in Kyoto. Our guide was excellent and gave us lots of information. The locations visited were very interesting and the Japanese lunch was great.
star-5
Great day in Kyoto
Rosemary_C, Jun 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
This tour was well organised & a great way to see the major sights of Kyoto. Our guide, Yumi, was excellent, very knowledgeable, friendly, humorous & helpful. The Japanese lunch was delightful.
star-4
Great afternoon out in Kyoto
Kathy_K, Apr 2019
Kyoto Afternoon Tour - Fushimiinari Shrine & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Knowledge guide, very inclusive to everyone on the tour. Efficient visits to three sites but plenty of time to see everything. Enjoyed this tour very much
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Review of the tour to 2019Nijo Castle-Kinkakuji temple-Kyoto Imperial-Fushimiinari Taisha Shirine
InaT59, May 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
The two guides were very good to explain details of the history. Time is very strict. However, as the places we visited were so crowded, we could not enjoy it.
star-5
Not to miss
LEILA10, Sep 2018
Kyoto Afternoon Tour - Fushimiinari Shrine & Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Kiyomizu Temple is a sight not to miss. Tour was flexible enough to accommodate our request to stay behind.
star-5
Great Kyoto Highlights and Tour Guide
Janelle_S, May 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Our Tour guide Jun-san was so friendly and knows a lot of history about Kyoto. Her English is great as well. Lunch was great food and good ambiance. Worth a try if you want to see the Kyoto Highlights. I just wish that not much people in Fushimi Inari.
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Japan
Bruce_W, Apr 2019
Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Kiyomizu Temple from Kyoto
Great trip to see the Japanese culture and shrines temples etc. Need to come again to see what I missed.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Although the temple is part way up Mount Otowa, it is fully wheelchair accessible, with no-step paths and special vehicle access via the emergency road entrance to save climbing the steps.

  • The temple grounds are large, with 30 buildings and gardens to stroll through. While it’s possible to visit quickly, if you’re trying to see many highlights of Kyoto in a short time, it’s also worth spending a couple of hours here.

  • There is a small admission charge.

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How to Get There

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is best reached by bus. From Kyoto Station, catch City Bus no. 206 or 100 (on Saturdays and holidays, take the Kyoto Bus no. 18) and get off at Gojozaka and walk east. Buses are also available from Hankyu Kawaramachi, Keihan Gion-Shijo, and Keihan Shichijo stations. There are no parking lots at the temple, and nearby lots tend to get crowded quickly due to the temple’s popularity.

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Trip ideas

Kyoto Temple Guide

Kyoto Temple Guide


When to Get There

The temple is open every day from 6am until 6pm or 6:30pm, depending on the season. Special night-viewing sessions are also organized in each season, when the temple remains open until 9pm. Every season at Kiyomizu Temple offers a different experience: the temple is surrounded by snow in winter, blossoms in spring, greenery in summer, and fiery leaves in fall.

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Stage on a Cliff

The Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple is built upon a steep cliff, and the stage that hangs out in front offers amazing views of Kyoto. While this may seem like a precarious perch, especially in an earthquake-prone country, the platform has survived since 1633. The traditional construction method consists of 18 wooden pillars and uses no nails.

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