One of the most celebrated Buddhist temples in Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is plenty to see, such as a pagoda, plus various Buddhist building and monuments. Also, try out the wish-granting Otowa waterfall!
Budget travel tips
- Check out the shopping street approaching Kiyomizudera.
- To avoid the crowds, come in the early morning/sunrise for a stunning view of Kiyomizudera.
- Explore the gardens and woods in the temple complex.
How to get there
From Kyoto station, take the 206 bus to Kiyomizu-michi or Gojozaka.
From other areas, take the bus to Kiyomizu-michi or Gojozaka (large bus stop on maps).
Opening time: Usually 6am to 6pm, but check the Official Website for special opening times
Cost: 300 yen for adults, 200 yen for children
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