Kyomizudera is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Kyomizudera means “pure water temple” and it houses the Otowa waterfall. It derives its name from the pure water falls. It is known for the wooden stage on the hillside which has nice vantage points of the greenery surrounding the temple. It also has the Jishu Shrine which is a deity for love. The complex also has the pagoda which can be seen from a distance.
HOW TO GET TO KYOMIZUDERA
Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan
Hours: 6:00-18:00 (until 18:30 on certain times of the year)
Admission Fee: 400 Yen or $10
Access: Bus 100 or 206, Kyomizu-Gojo station
From Inari station, we took the train to Kyomizu-Gojo station and it was a very long walk from there. It was also raining a lot so we thought maybe it would be less people. We were wrong. Just like any other site in Kyoto on that day, it was brimming with people.
The walk up to the temple, we passed by a lot of stores and shops selling food and souvenirs. We decided not to go inside because it seemed crowded and also it was under construction. We just took a photo from the side of the viewing platform and this was the view.
I’ve been here before so I was not really keen on visiting the place specially on a wet, rainy day. The schatje also didn’t want to go in so we just decided to skip it. After this, we just walked down the hill to visit Gion.