The 'Pure Water Temple' was built in the 8th century, even before Kyoto became the capital of Japan. Located in the east of the city, it is one of the most visited temples in Kyoto. Part of the reason for this is undoubtedly its exceptional location on the side of the mountain, in the middle of a natural environment that visitors come to admire from its spacious terraces. Spring is the time of the blossoming cherry trees and autumn is when all of the fall colours come out, both of which make the temple renowned for its scenery. Mounted on impressive wooden structures, the Kiyomizu-dera is made up of several areas representing various divinities. Visitors mostly come to this temple to drink the spring water that is said to be good for one's health.
In the temple's main building, the Hondo, pilgrims commune around the statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon, the goddess of compassion.© Sean Pavone / 123RF
People come from all over Japan to admire the temple's location at the foot of the Higashiyama hill and the view of Kyoto from its terraces.© Filip Fuxa / 123RF
Kiyomizu-dera gets its name from the natural springs that visitors come to drink from for their therapeutic benefits.© Pascal Bagot
There are many reasons why visitors come here, from seeking longevity in the natural springs, success in their studies, or to find their soulmate.© Pascal Bagot
KYOTO - Kyomizudera© Pascal Bagot