KIYOMIZU-DERA TEMPLE is a famous Buddhist temple for all of Japan, founded, according to legend, in 778 at a waterfall on the side of Otowa Mountain. It was like this: to one wandering monk, Entin, another hermit named Geay gave a dry tree (such are the gifts of the monks than they are rich with, as they say). Entin cut a figure out of the presentation by the Eleventh and the Ten-thousand Cannon, the charity dressers, and in order to have where to worship her, built a monastery, in the main hall of which he placed the statue. The new monastery became known throughout the district and even received state status after the abbot’s prayers cured the shogun’s wife and ensured his military victories. For 1200 years, the temple buildings were repeatedly ravaged and burned, and then revived in their former glory. The present buildings were erected in the 17th century under the Tokugawa shogun.
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A cobbled street leads to the Niomon gate guarding the 4-meter statues of roaring lions. The main shrine is located in the temple of Hondo, in front of it is supposed to put an aromatic candle and silently pray.
Religious Mysteries take place on the open area adjacent to the building, which stands on 13-meter supports. The scenery is a panorama of fantastic beauty, which is breathtaking.
A Japanese saying “jump off the stage of Kiyomizu” means the extreme seriousness of the decision. Until now, it is believed that sincere prayer to the goddess Kannon will save him from stepping into the abyss. In fact, it is the Japanese equivalent of the “leap of faith”.
Mandatory ritual for all visitors – washing hands and faces in the sacred waterfall Otova. Each of its three streams has its own specialization: longevity, love, life success. Only one sip of water should be taken: the second of the next jet reduces the power of the miracle by half, and the third leaves the greedy with almost nothing.
Address: Kyoto, Higashiyama, Kiyomizu, 1-294. GPS coordinates: 34.994850, 135.785103. Website (in English).
Getting there: by subway to the station Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, then walk 25 minutes; buses number number 206, 207 to the stop. Gojozaka, 10 minutes walk from there.
Opening hours: daily from 6:00 to 21:00. Ticket price for adults on the tour 300 JPY, for children 200 JPY. Prices on the page are as of May 2019.