Saturday, August 11, 2012

Kiyomizu Temple - Kyoto, Japan

Kiyomizu Temple, one of my favorite places to visit in Kyoto, is a World Heritage Site located in Eastern Kyoto near the Gion area.

Before reaching Kiyomizu, there's a beautiful village surrounding the temple.  Although some streets are quiet, others are filled with crowds.   There are a lot of shops and restaurants here selling traditional foods like green tea, tofu, and mochi.

 When finally reaching the temple area, the view is incredible.

Before entering Kiyomizu, people often "cleanse" themselves by pouring water on their hands with the provided ladles.  You don't have to do this to enter the temple, but why not try it for the experience?

Here's a spectacular view of the temple from a distance.  You can pray and purchase good luck charms inside.

There's also another shrine located at Kiyomizu. It's a temple for love.  In the temple, there are two love stones inside.  If you close your eyes and find your way to the other rock, you may find your true love.  

Down below, there are some areas to eat a snack and enjoy the scenery.

The three streams of water below is where Kiyomizu received its name.  It means pure water.  You can make wishes here.

If you are worried about germs, purchase a ladle instead of using the free ones provided.

Enjoy the town!  If you are lucky, you may see Maiko walking around (apprentice Geisha).  

Also, if you have time and money, why not try a rickshaw?  

Kiyomizu is one of my favorite places in Kyoto!  I love being here because it's beautiful and reminds me of a more traditional Japan.  The air feels so fresh and natural here too.

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