Kyoto is one of my favorite cities in all of Japan. And I’m not alone. Kyoto is one of the top destinations for all visitors to Japan. Considered by many to be the most historically significant city in Japan, it is also the only major Japanese city spared from bombing during World War II. As a result, Kyoto today is the ideal place to visit a vast number of spectacular and historical temples, shrines and structures. And, although it is the seventh largest city in Japan, Kyoto also offers visitors a rather manageable and more intimate look at Japanese life today. It’s a warm and friendly city – a place where you can feel comfortable and open to explore. There is an unending variety of things to do and see in Kyoto. I’ve made a list of my “Kyoto Must See’s & Do’s” and I’ll be sharing them with you in the next several weeks.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple – Located halfway up Otowa Mountain in the eastern part of Kyoto, the temple complex is a joy to explore and affords wonderful views of the city.
One of the major temple buildings has an outstanding platform / deck which overlooks the wooded hillside and city below. In Fall the colors are outstanding. On a beautiful Fall day Kiyomizu-dere is a wonderful venue in which to walk, photograph, and enjoy the quiet splendor of the surroundings. It’s a place to slow down and take your time. You will be amazed by what you discover. Lovely Japanese women frequently dress in gorgeous kimonos – special attire for a visit to a special place. A friendly and peaceful atmosphere fills the space. My suggestion – relax and enjoy it.
During my afternoon wanderings I was fortunate enough to encounter several Giesha apprentices. As with almost everyone I met, they were friendly and open to being photographed. Makeup, hair and clothing are highly stylized and very striking. As with most temples in Japan, visitors leave behind prayers or requests to be carried away by the wind in the hope of being answered.
As you leave and walk down the hill back toward the city I highly recommend you try some of the tasty treats sold by various venders along the way. Very refreshing.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is, without a doubt, a “must see” when you visit Kyoto. Don’t miss it!
Kiyomizu – dera …………………. Enjoy the Adventure!
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