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(kiyomizu dera)

Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple located in the eastern hills of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most famous and revered temples in the city and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple was founded in 778 and has since undergone numerous renovations and additions over the centuries, resulting in the stunning structure that stands today.

The name “Kiyomizu-dera” translates to “pure water temple,” which is fitting as the temple’s main hall is perched on a steep slope overlooking a waterfall and streams that run through the temple grounds. Visitors can drink from the waterfall’s pure waters, which are believed to have healing properties, and explore the temple’s many other features, including the Otowa Waterfall and Jishu Shrine.

One of the most impressive features of Kiyomizu-dera is its main hall, which is built entirely without nails and supported by massive wooden pillars. The hall extends out over the hillside and offers a breathtaking view of the city of Kyoto. Visitors can also explore the temple’s many other buildings and structures, including the Taka-matsu Castle, which houses the temple’s treasure house and several ancient artifacts.

Kiyomizu-dera is particularly famous for its cherry blossom season, when the temple’s grounds are covered in a beautiful array of pink and white flowers. The temple is also a popular destination for traditional Japanese festivals and events, including the New Year’s Eve bell ringing ceremony, which draws thousands of visitors each year.

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