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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 today

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

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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday

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 yesterday 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 2 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 2 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

Thank Ghanshyam_51
Reviewed 2 days ago

As always our trips seem to coincide with closures, but, in this case it didn't really matter. The temple was very busy but there was still good views to be had even thought the main viewing deck was closed. Amid the throngs od people there...More

Thank LezliC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Kiyomizudera temple located in a mountain i guess. U have to walk uphill to the mountain. But dont worry there are many food stalls in the street.i love the views. So pretty and magical

Thank aihaibara27
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had been to Kyoto before and seen dozens of temples and shrines but had missed this temple complex. This time however we made the effort and was not disappointed. If you only have time to see one Kyoto sight this is it. Forget the...More

1  Thank 557scott
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great time to enjoy the beauty of this temple. Under construction, but gorgeous break for the hustle. Get there early as it does get busy. Plenty photo opportunities and plenty of mochi shops.

1  Thank leslie6363
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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.