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About Kiyomizu-dera

Founded in 780, Kiyomizu-dera is not only one of the most beautiful temples in Japan, but also one of the most ancient. The name translates to “Pure Water Temple” which honours its location on the sacred Otowa Waterfall. Made up of three separate streams, the Otowa Waterfall is thought to bring longevity, intelligence and love to all who drink from it. That said, sipping from all three streams is considered greedy, so most visitors choose just one or two.

Along with its hallowed water Kiyomizu-dera is best known for its majestic wooden stage that extends from its main hall. It’s elevated high above the hillside, and offers stunning views over the cherry and maple covered hills, as well as the city of Kyoto on a clear day. Beyond the temple itself lie other sites, including the Jishu Shrine which celebrates the Japanese deity of love. Two stones are placed in front of the shrine, and it’s said those who can walk the 18-metre distance with their eyes closed will be blessed with a successful love life.

From Kiyomizu-Gojo Station the temple is a scenic 20-minute walk alongside the Keihan Railway Line. Buses drop visitors at the bottom of the hill, with an easy 10-minute climb to reach the entrance. Alternatively, the temple is a 15-minute drive from Kyoto city centre.

Steeped in ancient significance, Kiyomizu-dera was originally used by the Hosso sect, one of the country’s oldest and most revered Japanese Buddhism schools. In 1994, UNESCO recognised its historical and cultural value and inaugurated the temple as an official World Heritage Site.

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Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto
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Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
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Situated in Kyoto, Hyatt offers stylish, 5-star accommodation close to the Kyoto National Museum. It has a spa and wellness centre, as well as a beauty centre, a sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Kyoto Rich Hotel

Kyoto Rich Hotel
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Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
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Established in 2000, Kyoto Rich Hotel is situated in Central Kyoto. The numerous amenities this unique hotel features include a beauty centre, a 24-hour reception and a coffee bar.

Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto

Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto
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Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
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A 10-minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Train Station, Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto has a accessible setting, making it an ideal place to stay when in Kyoto. It is conveniently located for those wishing to discover the area's attractions.

Guesthouse Soi

Guesthouse Soi
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Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
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Situated in Kyoto, Guesthouse Soi is a short walk from Hoko-ji Temple and offers a rooftop terrace. Guests can also enjoy free wireless internet.

Gion Ryokan Q-beh

Gion Ryokan Q-beh
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Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
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Situated within walking distance of Kawaramachi Railway Station, Gion Ryokan Q-beh offers guests a convenient base when in Kyoto. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of complimentary wireless internet during their stay.

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka
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Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
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Kiyomizu Sannenzaka is located in Kyoto and features free Wi-Fi. It is situated a short stroll from Kiyomizu-dera.

Kyoto Guesthouse Lantern in Gion

Kyoto Guesthouse Lantern in Gion
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Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
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Kyoto Guesthouse Lantern in Gion is located in Kyoto and offers guests free Wi-Fi. It is situated a brief stroll from Gion and the Yasaka Shrine.

Gion Hatanaka

Gion Hatanaka
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Featuring views of the garden, Gion Hatanaka provides 4-star accommodation in Kyoto. It is conveniently positioned for those wishing to visit local attractions.

Kamo River Kiyomizugojo

Kamo River Kiyomizugojo
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Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
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Kamo River Kiyomizugojo is situated in Kyoto and is close to the area's tourist attractions. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, luggage storage and room service.

Orient Gojozaka

Orient Gojozaka
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Situated within walking distance of Shichijo Train Station, Orient Gojozaka offers guests an ideal base while in Kyoto. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free wireless internet throughout their stay.

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