Kiyomizudera Temple
World Cultural Heritage
清水寺

Spring
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Autumn
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple originated in 778 when the monk Enchin enshrined an image of Kannon on the mountain overlooking the Otowa-no taki Falls; later, in 798, the distinguished general Sakanoue no Tamuramaro built a Buddha hall there, following which Kiyomizu-dera Temple came under the official patronage of Emperor Kanmu. Repeatedly destroyed by fire over the centuries, it was rebuilt on each occasion. Today, the principal temple buildings are the Saimon (West Gate), the three-storied pagoda, the Kyodo (Sutra Hall), the Tamurado (Founder's Hall), the Todorokimon (Middle Gate), the Asakurado Hall, the Hondo (Main Hall), and the Amidado (Amida Buddha Hall), all aligned on an east-west axis. Around them are other temple buildings, including the Niomon (Gate of Deva Kings), the Umatodome (Hitching Stables), the Shoro (Belfry), the Shakado (Shakyamuni Hall), the Okunoin (Innermost Temple), the Koyasunoto Pagoda, the Chinjudo, and the Jishu Shrine, wherein is enshrined the local Shinto tutelary deity. The Hondo, built in 1633, is the central building of the temple compound and is an example of kake-zukuri or "overhang" architecture. It is famous for its so-called "Kiyomizu-dera stage," an imposing veranda supported by a forest of tall wooden columns with wooden braces running through them crosswise and lengthwise. The building, which consists principally of the stone-floored sanctuary (naijin), which houses the temple's primary Buddhist statue, and the plank-floored worship hall (gejin), is characterized below by its false roofs (mokoshi) underneath the main roof, by its front hisashi (a narrow, roofed area), and by its flanking wings and its stage; and above by a framework supporting a Yosemune-style hip-ridged roof of hinoki, or cypress bark. This architetural form is handed down from the Heian period (794-1184). In addition to its buildings, the eastern part of the temple compound also contains the Joju-in Garden, which incorporates the early Edo-period technique of "borrowed scenery" (shakkei). The natural scenery surrounding Kiyomizu-dera Temple is also quite beautiful.
Kyoto City
 
 

Closed Open all the year
Admission Time 
Day Time


6:00-18:00(1 Jan.-8 Apr.)
6:00-18:00(9 Apr.-30 Jun.)
Week Days

6:00-18:30(9 Apr.-30 Jun.)
Sat.& Sun./National Holidays

6:00-18:30(1 July.-31 Aug.)
6:00-18:00(1 Sep.-31 Dec.)


Admission Time 
Night Time
Special Night viewing
Change days every Year
This is 2019
18:00-21:00
(9 Mar.-18 Mar.)
(30 Mar.-8 Apr.)
(14 Aug.16 Aug.)
(17 Nov.-2 Dec.)
Fee  300Yen
(From High School Student)
200Yen
(Elementaly Students-Junior High School Students)
Addresss 1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku  Kyoto City Kyoto 606-8361 Japan
Tel 075-551-1234
Fax 075-551-1287

Bus Stop Name Gojozaka 10min.
From Kyoto Station
(Kyoto City Bus)
No.86 106 110 206
Express 100
KyotoStation→Gojozaka 

From Shijo Kawaramachi
(Kyoto City Bus)
No.80 86 106 207 
Shijo Kawaramachi→
Gojozaka

Railway Station Name Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo 25 min.

 
Kiyomizurera Temple Official Page