Kiyomizudera Temple

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.

Kiyomizudera Temple

field trip at Kiyomizudera

Temples are a popular place for school field trips and I saw several groups at this temple that morning.

Kiyomizudera Temple Gate

stone carving at Kiyomizudera

stairway at Kiyomizudera

tower of Kiyomizudera Temple

I love the look of these types of trees, and Japanese flora in general.

sign about Kiyomizu-dera

tower of Kiyomizu-dera Temple

tree covered hills of Kyoto

View of Kyoto

There is a great view of Kyoto from the temple grounds.

shrine at Kiyomizudera

back of Kiyomizudera building

fountain at kiyomizu-dera

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.

Me at Kiyomizu-dera with a carving

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.

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