On my second day in Kyoto, my agenda was very ambitious, with 6 temples and shrines to see. The first one I visited was Kiyomizudera, one of the most famous temples in Japan. The name of the temple means “Pure Water Temple”. The temple contains a fountain which is said to give visitors luck in different areas depending on which stream they drink from.
Temples are a popular place for school field trips and I saw several groups at this temple that morning.
I love the look of these types of trees, and Japanese flora in general.
There is a great view of Kyoto from the temple grounds.
This is the fountain many visitors come to Kiyomizu-dera to drink from, called Otowa Waterfall. The 3 streams are said to grant long life, success in school, and a good love life. But, it is considered greedy to drink from all 3 fonts. Visitors use cups attached to long poles to drink from the fountain.
Lastly here is a shot of me with a stone carving at Kiyomizu-dera. Anyone want to translate the carving?
This is one of the most popular temples to see in Kyoto and I definitely recommend coming to see it if you are planning a trip to Kyoto.