[YOUTUBE] Kiyomizudera Temple | The most celebrated temple in Kyoto
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What is Kiyomizudera?
Kiyomizudera (清水寺) is one of the most popular Buddhist temple in Kyoto. The temple was founded in 778, and added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994.
What to see?
1. Kiyomizu slope (清水坂)
The first fun of visiting Kiyomizudera is the slope that leads to the temple. Numerous souvenir shops and restaurants can be found around this atmospheric area.
2. Kiyomizu stage (清水の舞台)
It is a large wooden stage, 13 meters high (43 feet), and built without nails. The view of the Kyoto city from the Stage is magnificent.
3. Jishu shrine (地主神社)
The Kiyomizu temple complex includes several other shrines. Jishu shrine is one of them, and it is dedicated to the god of love and matchmaking.
In front of the shrine, two stones are placed 18 meters (59 feet) apart. It is said that “If you success to find your way from one stone to the other with eyes closed, you will find your true love.”
4. Otowa waterfall (音羽の滝)
Beneath the wooden stage, there is a Otowa waterfall. Those three streams coming from the roof are believed to have different wish-granting power. Right one is for “longevity”, middle one is for “success at school”, and the left one is for “fortunate love life”.
Did you know?
Did you know that in Japan we have an popular expression “to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu”, which means same as the English expression “to take the plunge”?
The expression comes from an Edo period tradition. Back in Edo period, it was believed that “If one were to survive a 13 meters jump from the stage, one’s wish would be granted.”