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Two weeks in japan | Kiyomizu-dera


Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist set of temples, the most known is equipped with a platform which is 13 meters above neighbouring forest and which offers a beautiful sight seing on Kyoto. The origin of these temples goes back to the 8th centuries, but the buildings still existing today go back to 1633.

Kiyomizu-dera-Main gate

We enter Kiyomizu-dera by crossing this majestic gate.


This bell resounds 108 times during the night of December 31st towards midnight to announce the entry in the new year.


We find here also as in any Buddhist temple a pagoda.


The painted temples are finely decorated with sharp colors.


We meet multiple temples by following the road.


Buddha would have left his imprints on this stone.

Kiyomizu-dera-The platform

The famous platform supported by a wooden skeleton assembled without any nail.

Kiyomizu-dera-The platform

The legend said that those who survive a jump from that platform sees them wishes realized. Plentiful vegetation allow up to 85 % of those who tempted the jump during period Edo to survive. The jump is forbidden today formally.


In one of the temples it's possible to admire this nice statue.

Kiyomizu-dera-Love stones

In the top of this staircase we find two stones. The distance between the stones is 18 meters long. The tradition want that if one bachelor manages to go of the one to other one of these stones blindly, he( or she) will find the love in the year.

Kiyomizu-dera-Otowa no taki

Numerous visitors come to Kiyomizu-dera specially to go to this place. Otowa no taki is a group of three sources which have for reputation to give to the one who drinks the water, the intelligence, the beauty and a long life. But the legend also says that it is necessary to choose, the one who drinks the water of three sources will lose everything.


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