History of Kiyomizu-dera Temple
It was originally built in 798 , but the present main hall was rebuilt in 1633.
Picturesque temple and breathtaking view
Not only can you be in the solemn atmosphere accompanied by the delicate aroma of burning incense, but also you can get the breathtaking view below from the 12-meter-high platform, which is popularly known for the proverb "Jumping off the stage of Kiyomizu-dera Temple", meaning making a bold attempt at doing something dangerous or impossible. (However, never do this, because the result will be clear.) The temple itself is a magnificent building utilizing every sophisticated construction technique available in olden times of Japan.
How you can enjoy
You can meditate, pray or imagine the esoteric world of Buddhism. You can drink cold, clear water from a waterfall below the platform. However, just enjoy seeing the temple; no word is necessary. In addition to the natural beauties surrounding the compound, the Buddhist temple is especially attractive in the cherry-blossom viewing season in early April, when it is lit even after the closing time, and late in autumn when there are tree leaves in various colors. On your way to and from the temple, you can find various kinds of souvenir shops on both sides of the streets where you can spend a happy time unawares.
There are many restaurants serving food which suits your taste around the temple. There also are stalls selling cakes in the souvenir street.