2018 Breast Cancer Campaign

2018 Breast Cancer Campaign

Sep 06, 2018

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is pleased to co-sponsor the 2018 Breast Cancer Campaign in solidarity with the Estée Lauder Companies. The companies have been working on diffusing knowledge of breast cancer and supporting breast cancer research and cancer patients' groups with the mission to create a "breast cancer-free world."

Learn more about the campaign



[ Pink illumination ]
The Nio-mon Gate, the Sai-mon Gate and the three-storied pagoda will be illuminated by pink light.
*Access to the temple grounds will not be allowed.

- Dates & Hours: 
  September 28 (Fri) - October 28 (Sun)
  6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
  The illumination will take place from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on September 29 (Sat) only.
   *Except October 20 (Sat)

[ Memorial service & Special night viewing ]
At the Main Hall, a religious service to comfort the souls of breast cancer victims will be performed. 
*The special night viewing will be held on this day only.
* Admission free

- Date & Hours: 
  September 29 (Sat)
  The gates will open at 6:30 pm and close at 9:30 pm. (last entry: 9:00 pm)
  The memorial service will commence at 7:00 pm.

[ Flower installation ]
Flower artist Nicolai Bergmann, who is from Denmark, will hold a grand art installation using flowers as a devotional offering at the Sai-mon Gate and the Kyodo Hall.
*No charge for admission
- Dates & Hours: 
  September 28 (Fri) to October 1 (Mon) 
  2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Secret Buddhist statue is opened to the public Oct. 5 - 15

Secret Buddhist statue is opened to the public Oct. 5 - 15

Aug 22, 2018

The principal image of Zuigu-do hall, called Daizuigu Bodhisattva, will be specially exhibited to the public after 222 years' interval. This Buddhist image, crafted in the 1700s, is usually closed to the public.
We would be truly pleased if you could visit our temple to see Daizuigu Bodhisattva and make use of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

October 5 (Fri) - October 15 (Mon)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission fee:
100 yen (including Tainai meguri, the special tour for exploring the sacred area underneath the Zuigu-do hall)
To learn more about Zuigu-do hall and see the map, visit https://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/en/visit/.
Seiryu-e [September 14, 15]

Seiryu-e [September 14, 15]

Aug 20, 2018

At this event, with a 18-meter long figure of the blue dragon leading the way, a wide variety of performers adorned with gorgeous costumes parade through the grounds and the temple town, praying for regional peace and expelling bad luck. Observing the incarnation of Kannon performing, the audience chant "Namu-kannon" in chorus and pray for good luck.

- Dates:September 14(Fri.), 15(Sat.)
- Hours:The procession marches from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thousand-day Pilgrimage & The Evening Special Visit

Thousand-day Pilgrimage & The Evening Special Visit

Aug 09, 2018

*The Evening Special Visit : 9:00 p.m. (last entry), August 14 - 16

Viewing : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (last entry), August 9 - 13
               9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (last entry), August 14 - 16
Admission fee :  Adult 400 Yen / elementary & junior high student 200 Yen



The custom of the Thousand-day Pilgrimage, during which one day of prayer is equivalent to a thousand days' worth of meritorious prayers, took root alongside the spread of the worship of Kannon. It has widely gained popularity as the event for which the Kannon's blessings are amplified. On these days, you can feel the great compassion of Kannon, who earnestly listens to every person's vows and worries and strives to relieve each torment. During the period of Thousand-day Pilgrimage, the nainaijin (the innermost sanctuary) in Main Hall is specially opened to the public in the evening as well as in the daytime.

The Fête de la Musique in Kyoto, 100-Trumpet Ensemble, on June 21st, as part of Kiyomizu world philanthropic project

The Fête de la Musique in Kyoto, 100-Trumpet Ensemble, on June 21st, as part of Kiyomizu world philanthropic project

Jun 21, 2018

The Fête de la Musique is a musical fete, which was originally established in Paris in 1982 and has continued to expand across the world. Today, multiple events related to this international music festival take place worldwide, in 120 countries and 800 cities on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, an extraordinary concert featuring brass, called 100-Trumpet Ensemble, will be held in the Kiyomizu-dera Temple's compound in Kyoto, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the sister-city affiliation between Paris and Kyoto.
In the square beneath the temple's Sai-mon (West gate), 100 trumpet players will gather, playing a wide range of music such as opera masterpieces like Aida and Carmen, French chansons, Japanese nursery songs and ballet music. With varied and vibrant sounds, Kiyomizu would like to express its philanthropic spirits to the rest of the world.

The concert performed in the temple's grounds will be broadcast live on the Kiyomizu-dera Temple's official Facebook page as well as Facebook Live and shared with the viewers all over the world.

- Date and time: June 21 (Thu), 2018, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
- Location: Sai-mon (West gate) (free of charge, standing capacity of 700 spectators *From 12:00 pm on the day, numbered reservation tickets will be distributed.)
*To reserve a seat for the brass concert, anniversary round-table talk, and commemorative concert at Jojuin, book in advance. (the deadline is April 30th)

To learn more about this event, visit the website of The Fête de la Musique au Japon
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