Kiyomizu-dera is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto from the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous places to visit in Kyoto. In English, Kiyomizu means clear water and dear means temple.
I also heard that it is illuminated by night during certain periods in Fall and Spring, but I’ve never had the chance to see it. Must be pretty!
This temple is not too far from Ginkaku-ji, so I would recommend you to visit both of them on the same day.
Before reaching the actual temple, there is a long commercial street where many authentic and traditional Japanese goods are sold. I strongly recommend you the green tea flavoured biscuits from Malebranche. Amongst all the biscuits and sweets of Kyoto that I tasted, these were my favorite.
If you like Japanese green tea, you HAVE to get those! You won’t regret it.
If you don’t find them, you could also try langue de chat which is very similar.
As for the temple itself, it is splendid and as you can see on the pictures, it is very popular amongst foreigners and even Japanese people. There is even a balcony which offers an impressive view of the city. You can also spot the Kyoto Tower from there.
Admission: 300 yen
Closing days: None
Hours: 6:00 – 18:00