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Kyoto, Japan Attractions

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Located on the eastern side of Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the temple was built in 778 without the use of a single nail. Its name comes from the waterfall which runs through the temple and feeds a pond of sacred water through three separate streams. Built on Mount Otowa and offering stunning views of Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera has an expansive veranda and a number of large halls. Its main hall is dedicated to the god of mercy and compassion. One of the most popular shrines in the temple is the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to the god of love Okuninushi. Visitors who are able to close their eyes and walk between the two Jisu stones are said to be romantically blessed. Festivals are regularly staged at Kiyomizu-dera, including Obon and New Year’s.

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