Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto is a huge temple that attracts great numbers of visitors throughout the year. Kiyomizudera means Pure Water Temple and the name derives from Otowa Waterfall’s pure water. Otowa Waterfall is located at the base of Kiyomizudera’s main hall. The temple can be easily reached from Kyoto Station by bus and the journey is approximately 15 minutes. Bus number 100 and 206 are buses that depart from Kyoto Station and visitors will need to get off at Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop. These bus stops are within walking distance to the temple which is a 10 minutes’ walk through the crowded Kiyomizu-Zaka Street. The street has many interesting souvenir shops and local food stalls and would recommend to anyone who is on the way to visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is famous for its wooden stage above the hillside and visitors could enjoy a pleasant view of the temple surroundings from the stage. The surroundings of the temple is peaceful but could get really crowded especially in the afternoon and weekends. The most crowded area of all during my visit was the Otowa Waterfall area when visitors are welcome to drink the water from the waterfall. It is believed that the water will bring different benefit such as auspicious love life, longevity and success. The admission to Kiyomizu-dera Temple required a small fee and it was all worthwhile. I would recommend to visit this temple but make sure to be there early to avoid huge crowd. (Year 2013)