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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Owner description: This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers spectacular views of the city and valley below.
Barcelona, Spain
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“Crowded, but for a reason”
Reviewed 3 April 2012

It's hard to complain about historical sites that they're busy. We all enjoy beauty and history. This is an amazing place!

Visited December 2011
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“Nice, but crowded.”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

This is the shrine I thought I'd like most of all, however the huge crowds of people made it not as nice. Also they are renovating one of the main buildings.

Visited March 2012
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“The most fun of Kyoto's temples”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

It's quite a hike up the hill to Kiyomizu, but it is a must visit sight in Kyoto. The temple itself offers a stunning view from its elevated position, but make sure you wander down the winding path to the well/fountain below, because the temple looks brilliant from below and you have to wonder how they managed to build the thing, given its precarious position on the hillside. The trees were bare when we visited and there must be a see of blossoms during April that would certainly add to the view!

Visited March 2012
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

Beautiful. Get a fortune
Great views back. Fountain especially great, watch people reach for water with cups...

Visited November 2011
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“Beautiful and interesting”
Reviewed 29 March 2012

Kiyomizu-dera is a UNESCO World Heritage site.The main hall has a large veranda, supported by very tall pillars, that juts out over the hillside and offers wide views of the city and the woods below.
Beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfall, where three channels of water fall into a pond. Visitors can catch and drink the water, which is believed to have wish-granting powers.
The temple complex includes the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to Okuninushi, a god of love and "good matches". There we saw an interesting "ritual": many girls walking between a pair of stones with their eyes closed. Some were assisted by another girl. My guide explained us that those stones, placed about 6 meters apart, are "love stones", and that they believe that reaching the other stone with their eyes closed the pilgrim will find love or true love. We didn`t see any man making the crossing, which led me to conclude that in Japan too women are much more romantic than men!
There as in the others temples you can buy various talismans, incense, and omikuji (paper fortunes). We visited the temple on a very cold and cloudy day but even though it was crowded. Have two hours for the visit.

Visited February 2012
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