Trip to Kiyomuzu-dera temple, Kyoto Japan


Kiyomizu-dera temple- one of the most celebrated and popular temples in Kyoto. Kiyoi-mizu” 清水寺 means pure water.

Going to see the Kiyomizu dera requires you to climb up a long path. As you approach the Kiyomizu dera entrance, a lot of souvenir shops -left and right are waiting for you. You need to allot time if you want to visit all the shops there. 20140706-203758.jpg

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20140706-203850.jpgAt last, was able to reach the entrance. This is the Deva Gate. *huff and puff* getting all tourist-y, I took this shot and saw the NO PICTURE sign afterwards. Ooops! But why? All tourists were taking photos anyway. Haha
20140706-203901.jpgThat’s me posing at the Kiyomizu-dera Stage just infront of the Main Hall. This was built using a special method, the pillars were assembled without using a single nail! Awesome isn’t?

20140706-204234.jpg“To jump from the stage of Kiyomizu” is an old Japanese saying which means “to do something daring” or “to take the plunge courageously”.

20140706-204413.jpgThe stage. Famous for its location overhanging a cliff. Down below you could see the Otowa Waterfalls.
20140706-204536.jpgSpectacular Kyoto City view from the Kiyomizu-dera Main Hall/Stage.
20140706-204702.jpgPagoda view. 20140706-204805.jpgWrite your prayers and wishes. 20140706-204917.jpg
20140706-205517.jpgStairs going down the Otowa Waterfalls!
20140706-205647.jpgAt the Otowa Waterfalls just beneath the Kiyomizu-dera stage. Here three channels of water from the spring of the mountain fall into the pond. According to local beliefs, each channel represents: 1 Health and Longevity, 2 Success in Love and 3 Wisdom and Knowledge. (Not in particular order)
A person can only choose one channel to drink because the Buddhist monk doesn’t want greedy people. So.. Choose wisely!! The water is also said to have healing properties too. 20140706-205816.jpgYoung and old people lined up to be able to get a drink.

People come to drink water from the falls by collecting it in long-handled tin cups. The tins cups are then placed in a ultraviolet machine for reheating.
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20140706-210055.jpgWalking around the area. Very calm and serene.
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20140706-210220.jpgSpotted: Japanese school children
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Hope you enjoyed the Kiyomizu-dera tour!! Tune in for more Japan travel photos!

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