Lily Crossley-Baxter
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Culture-Shrine Culture-Temple

Providing unbeatable views of the city below, Kiyomizudera is known for its expansive wooden veranda but has love shrines, lucky fountains and more. Founded in 778 on the site of Otowa waterfall, its name means ‘Pure Water Temple’ and is another of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While it was originally associated with the ancient Hosso sect of Buddhism, but in the mid-20th century severed ties and chose to form its own Kita Hosso sect. The main hall is vast, with many areas not open to the public. The wooden stage, however, is open to all and offers exceptional views across pinks in spring and golden hues in autumn. The main hall was built without a single nail and houses the thousand armed kannon statue, complete with 11 faces. The waters that lend the temple its name can still be reached, with three spouts offering longevity, luck in love or academic success. While there is nothing stopping you from sipping from all three it i considered greedy, so perhaps stick to one. Behind the main building lies Jishu Shrine, known for offering romantic fortune and matchmaking. Those seeking love must make the journey from one rock to another while blindfolded, and you’ll no doubt see many attempt it - with or without the subtle help of friends (and partners) nearby. Hours: 6am - 6pm (extended for seasonal illuminations) [Images: 1. Maria Michelle/pixabay, 2. LCB, 3. LCB]
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  • 1-chōme-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0862, Japan
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    Standard 400.00 JPY
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    Rainy day
    Family friendly
    Tourist must-do

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