Kiyomizudera Temple

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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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.