Kiyomizu Dera Kyoto is a Buddhist Temple located in the eastern part of Kyoto. The shrine is not just listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site but also as a Historic Monuments of an Ancient Kyoto. This Temple is different from Kiyomizu Dera in Yasugi. This temple is quite popular in Japan also known as ‘Pure Water Temple‘, it was founded in 780AD and is associated with Hosso sect.
The Temple Kiyomizudera was founded in the year 780-AD, then in the year 1633 it was rebuilt by Tokugawa Shogun. Its structure and marvelous architecture makes this shrine outstand from other temples. Hence, also listed as ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’. The entire structure is created without using single nail.
There is a waterfall within the complex, which runs from its nearby hills, Kiyomizu means pure water.
The temple has huge veranda n main hall, with tall pillars supporting its and adding balance. The Tall pillars adds charm to the structure, which makes the veranda and hall as popular spot during the Edo period. It was during Edo Period large number of pilgrims used to accumulate at this place.
The popular phrase ‘Jump off the stage at Kiyomizu’ which means ‘take the plunge’. During an Edo period, a tradition was followed, where a person would jump from the stage – 13m high, that person get’s survived his wish would be granted. Around 234-jumps were recorded and approx 86% were survived. At present, the practice is prohibited.
There is an Otowa Waterfall, with three channels. The waterfall adds more elegance to the site. The complex has several other shrines which are dedicated to Okuninush and so. There is a shrine within the complex called ‘Jishu Shrine’ famous by ‘Love stones’ which are situated 18-meters apart. It is believed that if a visitor walk between the path and reach the other stone with their eyes closed, the person or pilgrim will find their true love. The place is more popular for festivals like New Year and Obon. The shrine was also one of the finalist under 21 sites of New Seven Wonders of the World.
How to Reach?
Kyoto Station is nearest station, and can be reached in 15-minutes by Bus. Bus Number 100 or 206 will halt near this shrine. The stop is known as ‘Gojo-zaka’ or ‘Kiyomizu-michi’ which can be reach in 10-15 minutes to the temple by walking uphill.