Updated: Feb 19, 2020
Kiyomizu-dera, full name Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site. Not one nail is used in the whole temple. The temple is part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage through western Japan, which is still traced by worshippers today.
Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the early Heian period. The temple dates back to 798, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water. Please note: beginning in January, 2017, renovation efforts will take place at Kiyomizu Temple. The project is expected to last 2-3 years. You will still be permitted inside, but Kiyomizu’s Main Hall will be covered as part of the restoration project.
Please note: renovation efforts are currently underway at Kiyomizu Temple. The project is expected to last until March, 2020. You will still be permitted inside, but Kiyomizu’s Main Hall will be covered as part of the restoration project.