How to get to Kiyomizu temple

Kiyomizu Temple is one of the most famous temples in Japan. It is a very beautiful temple, the maple leaves are very delicate after the rain, the nature is not bad, and the Kiyomizu Road is very crowded.

About Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple is one of the most famous temples in Japan. It was founded in 780 and belongs to the Hosei sect, the oldest Buddhist sect in Japan, and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1994. To the north of the main hall of Kiyomizu-ji Temple is the Jizo Shrine, a shrine for the gods of begging love and matchmaking.

There are two stones in front of the shrine, and if you stand 18 metres away and touch the stones blindfolded, you can find true love and good luck, or let someone guide you to the stones, which can be interpreted as the need for an intermediary in love life. The name of Kiyomizu-ji is derived from the Onyeon Falls, which have three sources. Each source stream has its own speciality, longevity, academic success and smooth love. Nevertheless, it is a little greedy to drink from the springs of the three source streams.

Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple Access Information

Bus: 206, 100, Gojosaka Station Bus: 18, Higashiyama Gojosaka Station, runs on Saturdays and holidays only Bus: 207, Shimizu-do Station Bus: 83, 85, 87, 88, 88, Shimizu-do Station, Gojosaka Station

1. Bus
(1) From JR Kyoto Station, take the 206 city bus to Higashiyama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal and get off at Gojosaka Station.
(2) From JR Kyoto Station, take the No. 100 city bus to Kiyomizu-ji Temple and get off at Gojosaka Station.
(3) Transfer to Kyoto Bus No. 18 to Ohara at JR Kyoto Station and get off at Higashiyama Gojo Station, about 10 minutes’ walk away. The Kyoto bus only runs on weekends and national holidays.

Best Season for Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto

The best season is spring and autumn, from March to May or September to November. Surrounded by mountains to the north, west and east, Kyoto is a basin terrain with four distinct seasons. With the change of seasons, Kyoto presents different scenery throughout the year.

In spring (March-May), when the weather is warming up and rainfall is low, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, azaleas, wisteria and other flowers are in full bloom, making it the best time to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy the flowers. Especially around the beginning of April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, cherry blossom viewing events are held all over Kyoto.

Japan is a long and narrow country, and cherry blossom blooms at different times in different parts of the country, forming a ‘cherry blossom front’ (a map line predicting the blooming dates of cherry blossoms in different parts of the country) that runs from south to north. The summer months (June-August) are hot and muggy, with occasional thunderstorms, and June to July is the rainy plum period with high humidity.

Arashiyama is a good place to visit during the summer months to escape the heat. Although short clothes are often worn in summer, the air conditioning in the rooms is turned down, so be careful not to get cold. Autumn (September-November) is also the best time to visit, with sunny weather and little rainfall. At this time of year, Kyoto is covered with forests and you can see the red leaves in many places. Winter (December-February) is cold and sometimes snowy.

It is rare to come across snowy scenes, and you can take lovely photos of ancient buildings in snow. In winter, you will be heated indoors, but when you go out you should wear a heavy coat and gloves when cycling.


Adult 300 yen

Child 200 yen

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1-294 Shimizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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