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Kiyomizu Dera, Kyoto

Kiyomizu Dera Overview

Renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a mesmerizing temple, Kiyomizu Dera Kyoto is a must visit for anyone planning a trip to Japan’s former capital. The Kiyomizu Dera Temple is a sight to behold with its cliff like balcony, spacious outdoors, intricately crafted pillars that support the building and pure water fall. However, the biggest USP of the temple is offers an outstanding and breathtaking view of the city.

 

The Kiyomizu Dera is one of the popular visiting spots of Kyoto and holds an old world charm. It is an independent Buddhist temple established in 798 and building were added to the structure in the year 1633. The place was built without using a single nail and still stands strong. The name of the temple is after the waterfall within the complex and it mean clear water.

 

If you want to visit the temple, the best time is during festivals particularly at Japanese New Year and during Obon in summer. While these festivals take place, the temple is transformed into a fun filled haven complete with booths for food, souvenirs and other stuff. The temple is also popular for its talismans, incense, and omikuji (paper fortunes) that many tourists find fascinating and really authentic.

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