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Kiyomizu-dera Tours

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Kiyomizu-dera Tours

Looking for a tour to Kiyomizu-dera? Kiyomizu-dera is a temple that was founded around 780 CE located on the site of Otowa Waterfall in the hills of Kyoto. The temple gets its name from Otowa-no-Taki, also known as Otowa Falls with the pure water of the falls, translating the name to pure water. Kiyomizu-dera is known for the landmarks of the three-story pagoda and a temple hall with a viewing platform looking over the city of Kyoto. In 1994 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.

What to See in Kiyomizu-dera
Kiyomizu-dera is famous for its wooden stage complex from the main hall, extending out over the mountainside supported by over 168 pillars made from thick tree trunks at 13 meters high. The flooring itself was assembled and installed with cypress boards without using a single nail. The stage offers a view all year round, but in the spring and fall, numerous maple and cherry trees bloom with colors. Inside the main hall of the temple houses small statues of the Buddhist of Kannon.

The three-story pagoda is one of the tallest pagoda standing at 31 meters high at Kiyomizu-dera. Along with the red-colored structure, the temple's colorful bell is carved with chrysanthemum flowers. It is mostly rung on New Year's Eve when it is run 108 times to symbolize the earthly desires Buddhism acknowledges.

How to Get to Kiyomizu-dera
Opening Hours: 6:00-18:00, it will be extended to 21:00 late during the night visit
Entrance Ticket: 300 Yen for adults, 200 Yen for elementary and junior high school students; 400 Yen for adults at night and 200 Yen for elementary and junior high school students.
Address: 294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0862
Duration: 1-2 hours


Kiyomizu-dera Tours

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the open hours for the Kiyomizu-dera Temple?
    The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is open daily from 6 am to 6 pm; closing time is extended to 6:30 pm on certain days during the summer, and until 9 pm during the night illumination.
  • How much is the ticket for the Kiyomizu-dera Temple?
    Adult: 400 yen. Junior High and Elementary School Student: 200 yen.
    Special Night Viewing:
    Adult: 400 yen. Junior High and Elementary School Student: 200 yen.
  • Is there any clothing restriction in the Kiyomizu-dera Temple?
    There is no clothing restriction. However, skirt and shorts are not recommended as there are stairs and hiking. Also, sport shoes are preferable.
  • How to get to Golden Pavilion from Arashiyama?
    There are two commonly used transportations:
    By Bus: take the 11 city bus at the Arashiyama station to Yamakoshinakacho, and then take the 59 city bus to arrive at the Golden Pavilion.
    By Train: take the San-in Line at the Saga-Arashiyama Station, and get off at the Emmachi Station.
  • Does the Kiyomizu-dera Temple have any iconic souvenir?
    Kiyomizu-dera Temple is famous for the Sakura Bell Amulet, which is sold only at the temple but nowhere else. The bell is limited to one per person, and infants are not qualified to purchase.
  • Is there parking near the Kiyomizu-dera Temple?
    There is no parking within the temple. Near the temple are mostly foothills and some parking areas managed by the city (075-561-4601). There are temporary parking spots near the temple. But because of the limited quantity, parking could be troublesome, so public transportation or taxi is better alternative.
  • What hotels are closest to the area of Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizu dera)?
    Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Citadines Kyoto Karasuma Gojo, and Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto are the properties closest to Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizu dera).
  • Is Kiyomizu Temple worth visiting?
    Kiyomizu Temple is a famous tourist attraction in Kyoto. It is not only well known for its history, but so the scenic spot for bird watching. Additionally, many visitors are festinated with the autumn foliage offered in the temple.
  • Does the itinerary of your join-in group include Kiyomizu Temple?
    Kiyomizu Temple is included in our itinerary since it offers the best panoramic view of Kyoto.
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