We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Book In Advance
All photos (12,082)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“under renovation”(203 reviews)
“pure water”(51 reviews)
“otowa waterfall”(74 reviews)
This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers spectacular views of the city and valley below.
Open Now
Hours Today: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
See all hours
1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Higasiyama, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-551-1234
Ways to Experience Kiyomizu-dera Temple
from USD 27.30
More Info
from USD 67.50
More Info
from USD 294.90
More Info
from USD 18.20
More Info
Reviews (10,199)
Filter reviews
4,429 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsunder renovationpure waterotowa waterfallmain hallstreet leadingkyoto citysouvenir shopswooden structurecherry blossomslong walkearly in the morningnice walkhilltemplelongevitywombtourists
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 4,429 reviews
Reviewed today

This temple was a runner-up for one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. We have now officially been to 20 of the 21! It was a bit disappointing that it is being renovated but that happens. There are plenty of smaller temples to...More

Thank Sus C
Reviewed today

You must visit the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. It was one of my favorites and the setting is gorgeous! We walked from the temple to the little red pagoda. Many picture opportunities.

Thank TerLem
Reviewed today

Many places in Kyoto was better 10 years ago. This is one of them. It's simply too crowded and not interesting any more. A real shame.

Thank Ittaikan
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The street leading up to the temple are lined with souvenir shops and eateries. This temple covers a lot of ground. There are lots of steps but handicapped ramps are available. The main temple is under restoration so there isn't a lot to see there...More

Thank BCofOC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good to do early in the morning. We went v late as a result if my 8 year old. Very very crowded but once you reach on top it's a stunning view.

Thank ansavl
Reviewed 3 days ago

Huge area and park walking grounds , many temples/shrines/pagodas/bell towers , walkways/lakes this place has it all , you are going to need plenty of time to get around all this , but well worth the time and effort , get the bus from the...More

Thank mickknap
Reviewed 4 days ago

Still lovely to visit the site but most of the temple was covered as it was being renovated. The walk to get there was scenic and interesting even in the heat. The view was worth it.

Thank Angelba
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice place to visit even if the main building is in renovation. Just a pity entrance is not free A lot of pictures possible and great views. A lot of people are wearing traditional type of clothes there.

Thank 681gunthers
Reviewed 5 days ago

there is a possibility that the day i decided to visit this temple that it may have been a national holiday, so the crowd size may have been abnormal. overall this was a pretty site to see however not sure i would tell people to...More

Thank VVF621
Reviewed 5 days ago

A great site with a lot of history and nice buildings. But the crowd can be overwhelming. There is a side way parallel to the mainthoughfare, which can be a better alternative for the way up.

Thank yyyzzz_utah
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Kinko J
15 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from petrobich | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. But Kiyomizudera is under renovation now. Unfortunately the whole temple is covered with construction sheet. The view from Kiyomizdera is fantastic. But as of now I would recommend Ginkakuji.
16 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Dutchtraveller007 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there was as I took the bike myself, it is near the parking lot for private cars and after the parking lot you have a small walk up the old street up to the temple entrance. On the map it might be south west located of... More
Vica A
30 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from GelatoSF | Reviewed this property |
We just went there in April and had fun taking pictures and doing all of the activities mentioned in my review. The construction part did not take away from our experience. This temple was the most 'fun' one (hitting the... More