Kyoto’s most beloved temple
You have a few weeks off and enough miles for round trip airfare. What kind of trip do you plan and to where? If I had to choose one trip at the moment, I would go to Japan. I’ve never been to Asia and I’ve been wanting to go to Japan for so long now, specifically Tokyo and Kyoto for the food and the temples.- Alissa Morrone
Close to the peak of Kyoto’s Mt. Otowa lies one of the most beautiful temples in Japan. Ever since its inception more than 1,200 years ago, the Buddhist Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been dedicated to worshiping Kannon, the Shinto goddess of mercy. Visitors from around the world flock here every year to wonder in person. This is the most visited temple in Kyoto—and for good reason. Visitors are blessed with awe-inspiring views of Kyoto’s city skyline, and the temple itself is an architectural marvel. The various halls and gates are centuries old and are all designed in the traditional Japanese style, plus the Otowa Waterfall is also remarkably picturesque. No wonder this temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Going to Kiyomizu-dera Temple is worth the trip in any season, but the views are most astounding when the leaves change in autumn. Come in October to catch Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Ages) and celebrate Kyoto’s anniversary. Entry to the temple costs ¥400, and it’s possible to book a tour to learn more about Kannon and Kiyomizu-dera Temple’s fascinating history. Please remember to be respectful as this is a holy place, and follow Kiyomizu-dera Temple on Instagram for a personal glimpse into Japan’s fascinating Shinto traditions.
Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan
Phone: +81 75-551-1234