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This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers spectacular views of the city and valley below.
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1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
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Reviewed yesterday

This place was very lovely, but while we were there the roof was under construction. It took away a bit of the feel of the place. Would like to come back when completed.

Thank Sarah J
Reviewed yesterday

From the top you can see the great view of modern Kyoto, and this temple so ancient, not boring be there, believe that

Thank dian k
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The main temple is under construction so you won’t get any nice view of pics you see on ads. The temple is 90% covered with scaffolding. Like all other main tourist area, this place is flooded with tourist. Was told that construction will only complete...More

Thank Ah_soon89
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can find quiet corners to duck the crowds in the amazing gardens. Benches tucked away in little alcoves, hidden paths that end in stunning views, but crowds in main temples area. Annoying crowds.

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 days ago

From what I was told, this gripping large temple is made completely out of wood! There are numerous sights to see inside of the temple and outside on the temple grounds. It is definitely a MUST see! The beauty of it all touches you as...More

Thank smittyChicago
Reviewed 3 days ago

The large deck of the main building is currently under construction but don't let this make you decide not to go. We almost skipped it when we found out it was under restoration and were so glad we didn't in the end. There are a...More

1  Thank EmsTravler
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very busy tourist attraction. Tons of Chinese tour groups, one after another. Very congested, but still very beautiful. An added attraction is that so many tourists and locals dress in kimonos which greatly adds to the ambiance. Beautifully colored kimonos which just add to the...More

Thank jfurukaw
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Such a gorgeous location. It’s a heavy tourist area so recommend coming early morning for pictures. Amazing views from the temple of the city.

Thank brucewaynemanor
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

From the parking/jumpoff point, you need to walk uphill along the street with many stores and stalls leading up to the temple. The temple was big with a beautiful bright orange color. Once you walk further up, you will be greeted with a beautiful view...More

Thank SummerDaysPh
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Sightseeing is difficult when it’s raining. Right from the morning we had been going from one place to another in and around Kyoto. Everywhere it was drizzling. As we got down from the bus, we asked for directions to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. It appeared to be...More

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Sharon G
15 October 2018|
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Response from Nananyna3 | Reviewed this property |
I think we spent there about two hours and I don't think we missed on anything major. I wouldn't try to do it in just one hour, because there is definitely a lot to see.
13 October 2018|
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Response from redlight114 | Reviewed this property |
The scaffolding was still there on part of the temple. I thought there was plenty to still see...very beautiful structures still to see. I would still recommend seeing it. Everything inside was still open and accessible also.
Celine L
18 August 2018|
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Response from Angelba | Reviewed this property |
the buses in Kyoto are the best way of accessing most sights, including kiyomizu-dera. your hotel should be able to give you the bus TT or go to information at Kyoto station.