There are many kinds of souvenir shops along Kiyomizu-zaka street.And many of those would let you try some food samples, so you could even be full without buying anything. Sannen-zaka street which connects Kiyomizu-zaka street has old fashioned buildings and streets alongside it too. There are many sweets shops along Ninenn-zaka street.
Kiyomizu-Temple is also famous for its autumn colors.In autumn, about 1000 Japanese maples around Kiyomizu-Temple dye their leaves bright red.The autumn colour overlooking the stage of Kiyomizu are breathtakingly beautiful.
Kiyomizu-Temple is also famous for its cherry blossoms.In spring, about 1,500 cherry trees such as “Yoshino cherry tree” are in full bloom.The cherry blossoms that surround the main hall and look down from the stage of Kiyomizu are said to be spectacular.
To the northeast of the stage of Kiyomizu is Otowa Waterfall, which is 4 meters high.The clear water that flows out of this waterfall is said to be the origin of Kiyomizu-Temple.It is composed of three waterfalls, and it is said that drinking the water has its own benefits.From the left when facing the waterfall, the benefits are “achievement of schoolwork,” “fulfillment of love,” and “longevity.”
The “Stage of Kiyomizu” is in front of the main hall of Kiyomizu-Temple. The height of the stage overhanging from the main hall is about 13 meters, which is equivalent to a four-story building.This stage is a place for dedicating performing arts to the Kannon Bodhisattva, and traditional Japanese performing arts have been performed in this place. Making a bold decision is called “jumping off the stage of Kiyomizu”, but in the Edo period, many people actually jumped off, so a ban on jumping was issued by Kyoto Prefecture. In December 2020, the stage renovation work was completed.
The principal image of Kiyomizu-Temple is the eleven-faced thousand-armed Kannon Bodhisattva. It is said to save people from suffering by expressing great mercy with eleven facial expressions and forty-two hands.Normally, you cannot see it directly, but you can see it only once every 33 years.
The three-storied pagoda is about 31 meters high and is one of the largest towers in Japan.It is a symbol of Kiyomizu-Temple because it can be seen well from the city of Kyoto. It was built in 847, but the current pagoda was rebuilt in 1632. It enshrines the statue of Dainichi Nyorai and is designated as an important cultural property.