こんばんは！ Last weekend we went to the Buddhist temple called Kiyomizudera, which means “Pure Water Temple.” It was a short bus ride from our Airbnb, so we set out early, arriving at the bottom of the road around 9:30am. It was already busy! There were lots of shops just opening up selling souvenirs and yatsuhashi, a Kyoto confectionary with the texture of mochi folded over red bean paste, flavoured with cinnamon.
At the top of the road (which was a bit steep at times) we were met with steps leading up to a three-storied pagoda. There was also a beautiful dragon statue – Seiryuu, the Blue Dragon of the East. (The others are: Byakko, the White Tiger of the West; Genbu, the Black Turtle of the North (with a snake for a tail!), and Suzaku, the Phoenix of the South.)
On that level there was a section for people to place prayers for the kami of the shrine to answer, as well as another section with souvenir shops:
Unfortunately, the wooden dance stage was under construction (and will be until 2020, apparently!), so we didn’t get to see it from the outside. We still did get to go through it, and were able to see the Otowa Waterfall from above.
After that we walked along another pathway that led past some other shrines and offered an amazing view of Kyoto.
Kiyomizudera is a beautiful temple and definitely worth seeing if you’re ever in Kyoto!
You can find more visitor’s information on Japan-Guide’s page on Kiyomizudera Temple.
Stayed tuned for more Kyoto posts! またね！