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kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple Kyoto

June 11, 2018 by David Herd

A long climb to reach the Temple

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple

kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple Japan was founded in 778 by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.

More steps when you get to the Temple.

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple I assure you going back down from Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple is much easier. 🙂

Always crowds to contend with in the high season.

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple There are many advantages travelling in low season, less crowds, cheaper flights & hotels.

Coming down is much easier. 🙂

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist templeLots of students even though it’s a Saturday.

Photo opportunity

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple Such a lovely Kimono on this very pretty lady.

Lets try another pose.

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist templeIf you go to all the trouble to hire a kimono & dress up then you need to take plenty of photos.

Everybody loves the traditional dress 

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist templeIt’s so nice to see everyone dressed up.

A very busy ice-cream shop

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist templeOn a hot day such as this soft serve ice cream really hits the spot.

Small parking spot.

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple A tight squeeze here but at least it’s off the road. These little boxy cars are very popular in Japan.

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple

Kiyomizu-dera buddhist temple

It was about a 35 minute walk from my hotel, however the last 10 minutes was up a very steep hill.

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