Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Kiyomizu Dera is a Buddhist temple located in the eastern part of Kyoto. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. A wooden stage built without nails, houses the temple's primary object of worship, a small statue of the eleven faced, thousand armed Kannon. Behind the temple's main hall is Jishu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the deity of love and matchmaking. The Otowa waterfall can be found at the base of the main hall. 

Even though the temple was located in close walking distance of the ryokan (Kyoto Tenseian), where I was staying, I preferred to take a taxi to visit there. Taxis are easily available in Kyoto but the drivers may not speak any English. You may want to have google maps on you to avoid getting lost!

The road leading to the temple is lined with restaurants and shops selling all kinds of things like souvenirs, clothes and food items. Men and women dressed in traditional yukatas and wooden sandles grace the busy street scene with their beautiful costumes, as they walk up and down from the temple. You can stop them and request to take pictures of them and they will gladly oblige! 

 Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

 Shops around Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Shops around Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

 Shops around Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Shops around Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

 Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto, Japan. Image©www.thingstodot.com

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