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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Kiyomizu Dera

Located in the eastern area of Kyoto, Kiyomizu Dera is certainly one of the most famous view of Kyoto. This temple, built in the 8th century is registered since 1994, on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

Kiyomizu Dera means "temple of clear water" in japanese, and was named after Otowa Waterfall. 

On the way to Kiyomizu-Dera and inside the temple, you will be surprised by the number of little shops selling all sorts of Japanese artifacts,such as pottery, pieces of clothes and food. When the weather is becoming very hot and humid, don't miss the famous "kakigoori", a delicious crushed ice topped with syrup.


Traditionnally, in Shinto and Buddhist temples, you can buy "Omamori", which are Japanese amulets said to provide various kind of luck or protection. They are dedicated to different life aspects, such as health, love or success.

To access Kiyomizu Dera, you will need to pay an admission fee of 300 yen/adult or 200 yen/child.
Moreover, from August 14th to 16th, every year, you can access the temple by night during the Thousand Day Visit. A wonderful opportunity to see the old buildings beautifully illuminated. 

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Other pictures: Marjorie

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