Kiyomizu Temple

Location: Eastern Kyoto Map

Constructed: 798 AD

Kiyomizu Temple


Description of Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple is a religious complex in the Eastern Kyoto in Japan. It is a Buddhist temple that was found in a 798 AD during Heian period. Kiyomizu temple takes its name from the waterfalls that exist in the complex, which come down from the hills close Kiyomizu (清水) literally means pure water, clear water or clean water. However all buildings date back to 1633 when Tokugawa Iemsu restored the sire. It is one of beloved sites in Japanese culture and several traditions are associated with it. Jumping of 13 m high stage was though to bring luck to those who survived the fall. The practice is now prohibited but several hundred jumps were attempted.


Furthermore drinking water from three streams is said to bring longevity, wealth and happiness. Although another variation of the legend allows drinking only from two streams and thus only two choices.


In Jishne Shrine two stones are placed 18 meters apart. Those who can walk from one to another in a straight line with eyes closed are promised great love in life.


Originally it was affiliated with the old and influential Hosso sect, which had existed since the Nara period.4 However, in 1965 that affiliation was broken and its current custodians call themselves the members of the "Kitahosso" sect.