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Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Kyoto Prefecture
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This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of...

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.

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Incredible visit at night

We visited this Temple during the evening opening, available during the Momiji period. It was packed of people but once you enter you will realize the reason. Incredible... read more

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Grosseto, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

We visited this Temple during the evening opening, available during the Momiji period. It was packed of people but once you enter you will realize the reason. Incredible photos.Cannot miss.

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This was the final temple of the trip and oh boy it did not let me down! We traveled here in early December and it was gorgeous with the leaves. The crowds were insane but it was SO worth it. The walk up and down had a ton of shops and things, such good shopping although Japan is much higher... More 

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Thank MacKenzie S
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Perhaps the most important landmark of Kyoto, the Kiyomizu temple is an impressive architecture of historic significance. Most of the times we were in Kyoto we tried to stay away for fear of the crowds - we just hung around the neighbourhood to take in the atmosphere and to shop. This time we went. We were awestruck. The temple was... More 

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I was lucky to see this amazingly beautiful temple in cherry blossom glory and blazing automn colours. You just cannot come to Kyoto and not see this spot. The temple was full of men and women dressed in traditional cloths. Women especially wore automn colours kimonos. Gorgeous. Great views over the city from the platform up top.

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Beautiful fall foliage spots, but unfortunately, it's being overrun by crowded busloads of tourists, some of whom lack the basic manners (you know who you are). Very beautiful sceneries throughout the temple, with a couple of good spots for a quick rest and ramen or hot tofu

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went there with very low expectations and, oh boy, was I wrong. The place is so beautiful and tranquil. I stayed there several hours and enjoyed every minute. You can take a million great photos and enjoy the atmosphere. Also, I highly recommend walking from there on foot to Yasaka shrine, you can use Google maps.

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Singapore, Singapore
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A walk uphill to the temple is worth the effort ; plenty of local goodies and souvenir along the way. It's crowded even in winter by local and overseas tourist but it's worth an experience. You may be able to see some activities going on while there as the temple is still in use.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple was on the top of our list for places to visit in Kyoto. It's probably the same for everyone else as the place was packed even quite early in the morning! Luckily it was a beautiful sunny day and the orange structures shimmered under a bright blue sky! There was a lot of renovation work going on so... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this beautiful setting on our day off on our recent Journeys to the East Autumn Leaves tour. We combined it with visits to two other sites, catching taxis. There were crowds of people but this didn't spoil the experience in any way. The views over the valley, with magnificent autumn colours were wonderful. Catching taxis from venue to... More 

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Absolutely delightful evening visit. Open 1-4 dec for the autumn leaves and spectacular evening. Temples are huge, walk ways were marvellous. Photos speak for themselves.

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