Autum Walk in Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple, Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺, Kiyomizu Temple, “Pure Water Monastery”) is a Buddhist temple located on Mount Otowa in Higashiyama Ward, in eastern Kyoto, Japan.
The temple was established by Enchin Shonin in 778 during the late Nara period, who was a priest from Nara (capital of Japan from 710 to 784), he received a vision to construct the temple next to the Otowa spring.
In 798, the shogun Sakanoue Tamuramaro, improved the site by including a large hall that was reassembled from the palace of Emperor Kammu (r. 781–806).
Many of the temple’s present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered built by Tokugawa Iemitsu.
There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.
The main hall has a large veranda, supported by tall pillars offers impressive views of the city. Beneath the main hall is the Otowa waterfall, where three channels of waterfall into a pond. Visitors can catch and drink the water, which is believed to have wish-granting powers.
The temple is a part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage Site.