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  • Kiyomizu-dera is the most popular temple in all of Kyoto and it's usually crowdedlots

  • of tour groups there. This video was photographed in the off-season

  • which was the first week of December and even then it was fairly busy -- comfortable, nice

  • to have some other people around, so no problem, but if you're here in the peak season during

  • the summer in the middle of the day there will be so many people you'll have a hard

  • time getting to the railing to enjoy a clear view of the beautiful scenery.

  • The main hall is the most spectacular single item here. It’s up on large wooden stilts

  • and designated as a national treasure. Large verandas and main halls like this were

  • constructed at many popular sites in the past to accommodate large numbers of pilgrims.

  • And then we have the views looking out across from the main hall into downtown.

  • Looking up towards the temple which is up on the hillside.

  • An old tradition that held that if you could survive a 13 meter jump from the stage, your

  • wish would be granted. Over 200 people jumped, most of them surviving, but that practice

  • is now prohibited. You can also buy good luck charms and various

  • kiosks here and omikugi which are the paper fortunes, and incense and various other talismans.

  • Shoppers will be kept quite busy at the various kiosks and you can also get a bite to eat

  • at some of the food stands. The word Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure

  • water. The Otowa waterfall runs off the nearby hills in three channels of water that fall

  • into a fountain. Visitors can catch and drink the water, which is believed to have wish-granting

  • powers. And it’s said you will gain health, longevity, and success in studies by drinking

  • from the three different streams. These typical incense burners offer a smoke

  • that's designed to chase away the evil spirits. The temple is actually so old that it predates

  • Kyoto itself. It dates back to the 700s, before Kyoto was founded as a city. Of course the

  • structures have been rebuilt numerous times since then. Most of the structures have been

  • rebuilt numerous times since then. There are some 30 buildings here and most were constructed

  • in the early Edo period, in the early 1630s. And the different altars and shrines within

  • the temple grounds -- Images of the Buddha here and there in the different altars and

  • shrines within the temple grounds. There's a Shinto shrine just as part of the

  • temple complex as you often find here, the Buddhist and the Shinto blended together,

  • the two religions harmoniously coexisting in Japan.

  • Kiyomizu-dera has something for everyone. First of all it's an important religious site

  • where serious pilgrims come to pray; young people come looking for good fortune; visitors

  • arrive to see the sites; history buffs have much to admire; shoppers are made happy by

  • vendors; and all fall under the spell of Kyoto's most popular temple.

  • During the busy seasons this temple gets extremely crowded with the tour groups. They come by

  • the busloads. But generally, early December is a wonderful time to be touring the temples

  • of Kyoto. It's just not very crowded. There's a monk waiting to receive some offerings.

  • This is part of our series on the temples and gardens of Eastern Kyoto, the Higashiyama

  • district, and also well take you downtown in some of our other videos. Be sure to look

  • for them on our YouTube channel.

Kiyomizu-dera is the most popular temple in all of Kyoto and it's usually crowdedlots

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