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Kiyomizu-dera, formally Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Kiyomizu-dera refers to a complex of Buddhist and Shinto temples located in Kyoto, Japan. Built on a hillside in Higashiyama district, east of the city, this temple is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. The panorama embraces the city of Kyoto, magnified by the heights, as well as the abundant vegetation of the surroundings, of an increased beauty especially in spring during the blooming of the cherry trees or in autumn, during the glow of the maple leaves. It is a place accessible by bus, the way to reach the temple is strewn with stalls offering typical Japanese food and drinks, to put you in the mood. ​​The complex has several temples, pagodas and even a waterfall, all built around the main pavilion. The Hondo also houses a bronze statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon, with eleven heads and hundreds of arms, who is said to be compassionate and to answer prayers. Like the hundreds of Japanese people who entered with you, light a candle for the happiness and health of your loved ones. The Otowa waterfall, at the bottom of the stilt terrace, can only be reached after a flight of stairs. It attracts a lot of tourists who come to visit the temple. Its sacred water is reputed to have therapeutic virtues and good fortune. Each trickle has an associated virtue. One brings academic success, the other longevity and the last one, success in love. There are also night visits where the temples are illuminated with lanterns, to immerse us in the atmosphere and admire the beauty of the edifice. The place is magical and full of Japanese myths and legends, come and immerse yourself in a typical Japanese sanctuary with ancestral traditions.

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Where to stay near Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto?

The best area for tourists to stay is in Downtown Kawaramachi. Other recommended places to stay are Central Kyoto, Gion or Kyoto Station. Kawaramachi has numerous shops and restaurants, and is very close to the historical Gion, making it the ideal place to stay in Kyoto! Royal Park Hotel Sanjo is perfectly located downtown! Many restaurants nearby and transport access is a few minutes walk.

Kyoto is a very touristic city with many things to discover such as Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Maruyama Park and many more. We also recommend you to participate in the typical Japanese lifestyle by going to the market to discover new flavors and to participate in tea ceremonies.

Kyoto has a relatively undeveloped public transportation system, consisting of two subway lines, a dense bus network and several railway companies, whose lines are not always conveniently connected. Cabs and bicycles can be good alternatives. Kyoto is the Japanese city where there are the most cabs available, especially in the city center, which is very practical for tourists.
In central Kyoto, the green buses are the most numerous and useful. The red Kyoto buses are convenient for accessing tourist sites in the outlying areas of the city.

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