Most popular temple in Kyoto
Founded in 778 by Enchin(延鎮・birth and death unknown)
This temple had been sub-temple of Kofuku-ji(興福寺) temple in Nara: the head temple of Hosso sect(法相宗).
The pure water constantly well up from Mt. Otowa(音羽山), so Enchin built hermitage in this place in 778.
In 1965, it broke away from Hosso sect and found a new sect named Kita-Hosso sect(北法相宗).
※ 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan
Visitors can enjoy seven spots
・One pair of Gurdian dogs (狛犬・Komainu).
・Horizontal beam of the Gate of Deva (仁王門・Nio-mon Gate).
・Pillars of the Bell Tower.
・Gargyle (鬼瓦・Oni-gawara) of the Three storied Pagoda.
・Tiger engraved on the Stone-lantern located near west gate.
・Large Footprints engraved on the stone.
・Historical origin of the Stage of Kiyomizu.
This temple offers a guide tour in English by priest
No.16 of the Saigoku33 Kannon Pilgrimages(西国33所観音霊場)
Main Hall (本堂・Hondo) was designated National Treasure including its Stage(清水の舞台・Kiyomizu-no-Butai・something like balcony)
The stage is approximately thirty-nine feet high and the view from the stage is marvelous.
The principal image of this temple is Eleven-headed Thousand-armed Kannon Bodhisattva (十一面千手観世音菩薩像・Juichimen -Senju-Kanzeon- Bosatsuzo).
Statue of Dragon
In front of the gate
清水寺の門のところにあった龍がごっつかっこよかった。こういうの外国の人大好きよね。 pic.twitter.com/DcCHHw2mg5— 福田雄介(ワニ研究者) (@GingaCrocodylus) October 21, 2017
Kiyomizu-zaka Slope (清水坂・Kiyomizu-zaka)
An approach to Kiyomizu-dera Temple; still of the night
観光客がホテルでゆっくりと寛いでいる頃、清水坂は静寂に包まれています。 pic.twitter.com/EiIdqhvXdM— 柚原橙菜@出かけよう京のまちへ！ (@yui_azunyan) October 12, 2017
Five storied Pagoda of Hokan-ji Temple in the snow
An aproach to Kiyomizu-dera which was developed long ago
It is located to the northern side of the Main Hall of Kiyomizu-dera temple.
It had been guardian god shrine of this temple before the year 1868, when the new government issued the Ordinance Distinguishing Shinto and Buddhism.
Now a day, this temple is famous for deity of love and marriage.
Main Gate, Inner (main) Shrine, Worship Hall and the precinct are registered World Heritage Site: part of the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and designated Important Cultural Properties.