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Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It is a bustling place for tourists and other visitors alike, this place is a temple that overlooks the basin of Kyoto and is its most enjoyable temples, popular with the locals. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. The temple was also added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

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A good reason for this is that it represents the popular expression of faith in Japan. Buddhist temples are not all that rare in Kyoto, but few come along that have a sprightly atmosphere such as this. Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. The stage affords visitors a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees below that erupt in a sea of color in spring and fall, as well as of the city of Kyoto in the distance. The main hall, which together with the stage was built without the use of nails, houses the temple's primary object of worship, a small statue of the eleven faced, thousand armed Kannon.

Visiting hours: 06:00 to 18:00 hours daily

Entrance fees: 300¥

Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan

How to reach: The nearest subway station is Misasagi Station serving on the Keishin Line of the Kyoto subway system which is just a 15 minutes’ drive from the temple.

Contact: +81 75-551-1234"

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