Kiyomizu-dera temple near Kyoto, Japan. The temple itself is impressive. As one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and a UNESCO world heritage site, it hold much historic significance.
The temple was founded in 778 and most of the present buildings were constructed in 1633. Not a single nail is used in the temple buildings.
As in most Japanese temples, statuary and views abound
There were services being conducted the day we visited so I did not photograph the internal temples and shrines much. A few were uninhabited and presented their own photo ops.
Beneath the main hall, is the Otowa waterfall which falls into three channels, creating the “waters of life” well. Temple visitors can catch the water in long handled cups and drink it. The water is said to have wish granting properties and ensure a long life.
Upon exiting the temple, there are street shops galore, including the much needed visit to that old American favorite
And, naturally with a nod to the “new” Japanese culture, the obligatory stop at the Hello Kitty Cafe.
We saw a few Maiko out shopping and posing with some visitors.
Although the temple and streets were extremely crowded, we enjoyed our visit tremendously.
Till next time ~JPP