• Q.1Can you give more information about the opening hours?

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple opens at 6:00 a.m. The closing time differs depending on the season and events, such as the special night viewing. For more information, please see this web page.

  • Q.2Do you offer discounted or free admission for groups?

    Discounted admission for groups is not available. The admission is free for representatives of educational institutions during their official events. Please present your ID card at the gate.

  • Q.3Do you offer free admission for visitors with disabilities?

    If you present a physical/intellectual disability handbook at the gate, A visitor with a disability along with one companion may enter for free provided they present their disability handbook, pass or card at the gate.

  • Q.4Do you have any restrictions on taking group photos?

    Taking group photos for school excursions or group tours is only allowed in the designated areas. Accompanying photographers and escorting teachers are required to ask permission to take group pictures in advance at the photo room in front of the Nio-mon gate.

  • Q.5Are pets permitted to enter the grounds?

    Pets are not permitted on the temple grounds, except for service dogs such as guide dogs and hearing dogs.

  • Q.6Is this temple wheelchair friendly?

    Yes, this temple is wheelchair friendly. Vehicles may enter the grounds from the emergency road entrance (on the top of Chawan-zaka hill) and will be given easy access to the vicinity of the Main Hall. All public areas throughout the grounds are accessible to wheelchairs by using no-step, barrier-free routes. The temple map is available at the Todoroki-mon gate, the entrance to the Main Hall. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located throughout the grounds. In 2011, we received an award for distinguished service to promote barrier-free design from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Wheelchairs cannot be borrowed in the temple.
    Click here to download visiting map for people using wheelchairs.

  • Q.7Do you have special facilities for people with babies or small children?

    On the left side of the regular route from the entrance to the grounds, a no-step, barrier-free route to the Main Hall is available. All the public areas throughout the grounds are accessible to strollers, likewise for people using wheelchairs. Parents can change their babies’ diapers in the wheelchair-accessible restrooms.

  • Q.8Do you have parking lots?

    We do not have a parking lot. Visitors can use city parking lots or multiple temporary parking spaces nearby the temple or at the base of the approach. During the busy seasons, all parking lots tend to be jammed. Using public transportation or taxi is strongly recommended.

  • Q.9Are bicycles permitted within the grounds? (Do you have bicycle parking spaces?

    Bicycles are not permitted within the grounds as a rule. However, one bicycle parking space for several bicycles is secured within the grounds. The bicycle parking space is provided next to the restroom on the emergency road entrance on the top of Chawan-zaka hill. Therefore, cyclists are asked to take the Chawan-zaka hill route to enter from the emergency road entrance. Bicycles are not permitted to enter or to be parked within the grounds except in this area. Please note that the street in front of the main gate is closed to traffic from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.

  • Q.10When are the best times to see cherry blossoms and autumn leaves?

    The temple boasts approximately 1,500 cherry blossoms and 1,000 colorful trees with turning leaves, which show beautiful displays of colors in spring and autumn. Check updates on our Facebook page or the News page on this website at each season for the best times.

  • Q.11Do you have free Wi-Fi hotspots?

    The free KYOTO Wi-Fi service is available near the temple entrance or at neighboring shops and cafes.
    KYOTO Wi-Fi information

Notice to visitors

The Kiyomizu-dera Temple has remained a sacred place where visitors offer prayers to the Kannon for more than 1200 years. Please bear this in mind and lower your volume when visiting the temple grounds.

  • Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire temple. There are no designated smoking areas within the temple grounds.
  • Please refrain from eating and drinking outside cafes and tea houses while walking around the grounds.
  • Remember to take all trash with you, including plastic bottles, cans, and wrappers.
  • Pets are not allowed to enter the temple grounds except for service dogs (eg. guide dogs, assistance dogs, and hearing dogs).
  • Photo shoots using drones, monopods or tripods are prohibited. Photo shoots for weddings or cosplay, or fashion photo sessions using models are also forbidden.
  • Please refrain from recording for commercial purposes in the temple grounds. This includes taking photos or videos with the temple structures in the background without permission.
  • Please do not enter off-limits areas in the temple grounds including shrubbery and gardens.
  • Please do not block the way of other visitors by having a picnic or taking group pictures within the grounds.

Upon finding any behaviors deemed inappropriate, our staff will provide a caution. Any visitor who fails to follow staff instruction may be asked to leave the temple.

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