Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺)
When the Japanese use the expression "to jump off the stage of Kiyomizu", it means "to take the plunge" in English. It is currently strictly prohibited to do so which may sound a little bit strange but more than 230 people actually jumped off the stage few hundred years ago during Edo period, when it was believed that one could make the wish come true by praying to the Goddess of Mercy while jumping off the stage. Of those desperate jumpers, 85% of them survived (70% of them were women), but this is how the Kiyomizu Temple was strongly worshipped by the locals and how it became widely well known in Japan. It was founded in 798 but the current buildings were constructed in 1633 by Shogun Iemitsu Tokugawa. The interesting part of how they constructed this building at the cliff was that they never used the nails in the entire structure to make the building much more stronger and quake resistant. It is indisputably one of the most interesting UNESCO World Heritages in Japan where you can also enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the city of Kyoto.
Address: 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Open hour: Monday - Sunday, 6AM - 6PM (Closing time varies depending on the season)
Fee: Adult 400 Yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 200 yen
Closest station and exits :
JR Kyoto Station Central Gate Exit
Bus : #206 or #100
Good day to visit:
・Total distance: 3.2km, 20min
・Starting Point :
- JR Kyoto Station Central Gate Exit
・Steps to follow : 1 - 2
Let's start your way from "JR Kyoto Station Central Gate (中央口)". It's at 1F, Kyoto Tower side.
1. Once you step outside and turn back, you will be able to see the big "JR Kyoto Station" signboard.
Now facing this signboard, turn around and start walking.
2. You will find bus stations ahead.
Find either D2 or D1 bus stop to your right.
Take the bus #206 from D2 or #100 from D1 and it will take you to Kiyomizu Temple.
Get off at Kiyomizu Michi or Gojozaka.
Enjoy the best sightseeing spot in Kyoto!