Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple was founded in 778. Its history dates back over 1200 years. As a sacred place where the great compassion of the deity Kannon prevails, the temple has long been open to citizens of all classes.



1-294 Shimizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture (Directions)


6:00 - 18:00 Open Now

Opening Hours

Monday 6:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 6:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 6:00 - 18:00
Thursday 6:00 - 18:00
Friday 6:00 - 18:00
Saturday 6:00 - 18:30
Sunday 6:00 - 18:30
Holidays 6:00 - 18:30


¥200 - ¥400



  • Barrier-free access


  • Free Wi-Fi

General Amenities

  • Baby-friendly

What's unique

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


By City Bus: Get off at the Gojozaka Stop on Route 206 bound for Higasihama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal or Route 100 bound for Kiyomizu-dera Gion/Ginkaku-ji and walk 10 minutes. The bus can be crowded, especially after 11am and on weekends and Spring/ Autumn. Alternate route is Keihan train to Gojo and 15 minute walk via Sannenzaka, or catch a taxi.

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