The main hall is under renovation work

The main hall is under renovation work

Apr 11, 2017

We sincerely appreciate your belief in and support for Kiyomizudera Temple.

Since this year, the roof of The Main Hall has been under renovation work, which may cause inconvenience for all visitors. This renovation work has to be done about every 50 years for basically two reasons.
As one of the biggest religious symbols in Japan which is still an active place of worship, this temple has to keep a sacred atmosphere where people enjoy moments to face their sincere hearts and aspirations, and to wish for their peace.
Meanwhile, as one of the historical heritage sites, this temple has to be preserved for the future generations.
We truly would like to ask your understanding and cooperation.

There is no obstacle in the outer sanctuary of The Main Hall, the place for praying The Main Image.
FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA  exhibition of photographs

FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA exhibition of photographs "INSIGHT"

Oct 05, 2016

FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA  exhibition of photographs "INSIGHT"

Seize the moment, and treasure each moment.

We at Kiyomizu-dera Temple have been working on a project called "FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA," to record the day-to-day lives of the monks and the seasonal landscapes, as well as the special Buddhist services, rituals, and events. The aim of the project is to hand down all the intangible spirits of the cultural property that appear on photos and videos to the next generation.

The temple has stood here on Mt. Otowa for a span of over 1,200 years. Nothing has seemingly changed, but in fact, all the temple buildings are breathing and continuously changing. Every morning and evening the mountains show their different appearances and the monks are entirely devoted to their faith in Kannon (a Buddhist deity and the principal deity of Kiyomizu). All that breathe in this holy place are transforming moment by moment.

This series of documentary photos captures a variety of beautiful temple moments that depict the present Kiyomizu. It is also thought-provoking enough to encourage thinking about the future of the temple.

Seize the moment, and treasure each moment.

The Kannon always enlightens us on the universal truths, especially how we humans should lead our lives. As the monks always do, simply offer prayer with gratitude and aspiration in mind. This will bring peace of mind to you as well.

We are delighted if you feel the compassion of Kannon from this diverse selection of the "scenes of prayers" in this exhibition.

dates : Nov 16 (Wed) ‒ Dec 4 (Sun), 2016

venue : Kyodo Hall, Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera Temple

294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan

hours : 9:00am - 4:00pm , 6:00pm - 9:00pm (last entry 8:30pm)



FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA  exhibition of photographs "INSIGHT" (tabloid PDF)



This project captures in photos and videos each precious moment of the Kiyomizu attractions, among which are the less familiar yet fascinating. Over a span of 1200 years, the temple has been worshiped as a holy place of Kannon. FEEL KIYOMIZUDERA strives to seek the true essence of Kiyomizu and hand it down to the future generations.

The official website of Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been redesigned.

The official website of Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been redesigned.

Mar 30, 2016

The official website of Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been redesigned.

Since its establishment over 1200 years ago, Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been cherished by the general public as a holy place where the Kannon's compassion prevails. 

When you visit the temple, simply put your hands together when in front of the statue of Kannon and offer a prayer of thanksgiving.

Respectfully yours,