Over the weekend, I made a trip to Kyoto, one of my favorite cities in Japan. Our first stop after we arrived was at Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kiyomizu-dera was also a finalist for one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The temple is build on wooden stilts, on a mountain, making it an amazing site and a reason why it was one of the finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World. This temple is a beautiful place, with beautiful scenery, but can be incredibly busy during the peak seasons.
Kiyomizu-dera circa 1909 (cr: University of Vermont)
Kiyomizu-dera is located in eastern Kyoto, near the Gion district which is famous for the geisha culture.
On the way up to the temple, you will walk through a street with cute little shops loaded with souvenirs and snacks.
It was a holiday weekend, so there were a lot of Japanese plus all the other tourists. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy sites when there are a ton of people around, but I still was able to take in its beauty.
Most travelers to Kyoto have Kiyomizudera on their lists to visit and for a good reason. You get great views of Kyoto City, while visiting a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you’re interested in visiting, their official site has a lot of information. I’m hoping to go back in the fall and winter eventually, because the area is absolutely beautiful.