A Visit To The Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto Japan

July 11, 2015 by  
Filed under daily life, flight attendant stories

Located in eastern Kyoto, the Kiyomizu (pure water) Buddist Temple draws 11 million visitors annually from all over the world.

The popular expression “to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu” refers to an ancient practice of plunging off the temple platform 13 meters high. It was believed that if you survive your wish would come true. I don’t know about you but I think I would rather make a wish on a wish bone.

Along with “the stage” one of the other main draws of the temple is the Otowa Waterfall where you’ll find 3 streams of mountain water which is also believed to have wish granting powers if you drink the water.

My favorite area was the Jishu Shrine which houses 2 “love stones” placed 18 meters apart. If you are able to walk from one stone to the other with your eyes closed you will find true love. I thought about giving it a try but with so many visitors jam packed into the area I would more likely find myself bumping into someone of the opposite sex. Hey, maybe that’s the way this was intended to work?

During the Summer Obon season, you’ll find many young Japanese girls braving the intense heat and showing their respect to Buddha by wearing their colorful kimonos. I don’t know how they could handle the humidity being fully covered in thick fabric. I was suffering in just my tank top and shorts.

And like with any other visitor attraction, there are roads leading up to the temple filled with stores selling local foods and souveniers like fans, kimonos, toys and household items.

A definite must stop is the one store offering free samples of cold green tea (in real tea cups) and rows of mochi in every flavor imaginable.

This was my very first visit to the Kiyomizu Temple and it was definitely a wonderful experience.

294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama
Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
605-0862, Japan

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Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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4 Responses to “A Visit To The Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto Japan”
  1. 1

    What an experience!
    And such beautiful photos!

    I would love to visit. I love the stories.
    And one day I’d love to wear a kimono!

  2. 2
    Stacie says:

    Gorgeous pictures. What exactly is mochi?? The kimonos are beautiful. The Temple looks like it was a really nice place. The love stones sound interesting. I would love to visit Japan one day. My son just said the other day he wanted to learn Japanese as he wants to visit there.

  3. 3

    What a lovely trip. I love the photo documentation. Kiyomizu Temple looks like a peaceful, serene place to visit.

  4. 4
    Max Brooks says:

    This has been the most beautiful country I have ever visited. Thanks so much for sharing these awesome photos. What kind of camera did you use on your trip?

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