Let’s go to the famous tourist attraction in early morning!! “Part.3” is ･･･ Kiyomizu-dera Temple!!
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is the very famous sightseeing spot that Kyoto boasts to the world.
Most of the tourists coming to Kyoto will visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
There is the stage of the Kiyomizu-dera temple which is famous for a proverb called “清水の舞台から飛び降りる(to jump off the stage of the Kiyomizu temple(Kiyomizu-no-Butai))” in this temple.
(Do boldly as if you were jumping down from the “Kiyomizu-no-Butai” is a common saying used when people make a bold decision.)
In addition, this temple has been designated as the Michelin green guide ★★★(best rank) and the World Heritage List as part of the cultural assets of ancient capital of Kyoto.
This temple is too famous and is also crowded very much every day.
If you go to this temple with much effort,
“I want to see the sights slowly in the time when it is not crowded!!”
“I want to take the clean photograph which other person does not appear in!!”
･･･, Don’t you think in this way?
I have some good news for you!!
I visited to see whether Kiyomizu-dera Temple at the early morning is not really crowded.
- Is early-morning Kiyomizu-dera Temple not really crowded?
- About World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’
- About Kiyomizu-dera Temple
- A proverb called “to jump off the Kiyomizu-no-Butai)”
- Highlights of Kiyomizu-dera Temple
- Jishu-jinja Shrine which is famous as the god of marriage
- Goshuin of Kiyomizu-dera Temple
- How to get to Kiyomizu-dera Temple
A conclusion : “not crowded” (until around 7:30 a.m.)
By the way, Kiyomizu-dera Temple opens at 6:00 a.m.
Also, please be careful because a tourist and the school excursion student of the group visit this temple when it is past 8:00 a.m.
I visited to Kiyomizu-dera Temple on the first train. I was very sleepy… (*´・ｪ・｀*)
There is no one on the stage of the Kiyomizu temple(Kiyomizu-no-Butai)…!!
I am slightly lonely when I think about the everyday noise of this place.
However, this is a very valuable experience. d(*ﾟーﾟ*)
Oh, I am very satisfied.
I was worth having got up early. d(*ﾟーﾟ*)
But, in fact, there was already not a little the tourist around this time of this day.
Because you can visit to this temple at opening-hours(6:00 a.m.) if you stay at Kyoto, please try to visit at opening-hours!!
(I think that this temple is not crowded more than when I visited.)
17 places of temples and shrines of Kyoto are designated in ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’.
↓Details of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” is here.↓
Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been designated as the World Heritage List as part of the cultural assets of ancient capital of Kyoto.
Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺), officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)UNESCO World Heritage site.
The place is not to be confused with Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi, Shimane, which is part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage through western Japan, or the Kiyozumi-dera temple associated with the Buddhist priest Nichiren.
Open：6:00~18:00(The closing time will change with the seasons.)
Admission Fee：400 yen(high school students or older),200 yen(junior high students or younger)
Adress：1-294, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0862, Japan
“清水の舞台から飛び降りる(to jump off the Kiyomizu-no-Butai)” is one of the Japanese proverbs.
This means to take the plunge, to bet your life.
In old days, it was believed that “Their dreams come true when they jump off the Kiyomizu-no-Butai”.
Therefore there was really a lot of people who jumped off this stage.
(Research of ancient documents conducted by Kiyomizu-dera Temple shows that 234 people actually jumped down from the Butai from 1694 to 1864 and 85.4% of them survived.)
This is an ukiyoe print drawn by Harunobu Suzuki who is an ukiyoe artist of the middle of Edo era.
“The beautiful woman who jump off the Kiyomizu-no-Butai”
It’s pretty obvious, but… Don’t you ever do anything like that.
Let’s start by looking at the highlight of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
This is Zenko-ji-do temple which was built in front of a Deva gate.
This temple is the tenth temple of the Rakuyo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage which to enshrine Nyoirin Kannon (the Bodhisattva of Compassion).
The image of the guardian deity of the east in the shape of a dragon is put to the west gate in substitution for a pair of stone guardian dogs.
This image is a very new image built in 2015.
(The Eastern bloc of Kyoto where there is Kiyomizu-dera Temple is said to be the land which is protected by “a guardian deity of the east in the shape of a dragon” from old days.)
There is the 鐘楼(bell tower) when we pass through the Deva gate.
This building is important cultural property which was rebuilt in 1607.
The general bell tower is built at four pillars. However, this bell tower is built at six pillars.
This is very unusual. (○´艸｀)
The 開山堂(Kaizan-do) is an important cultural property which was rebuilt in 1633.
Because the image of the Mr. and Mrs. Tamuramaro Sakanoueno having a relation for the foundation of Kiyomizu-dera Temple deeply in this building is worshiped, it is also called the 田村堂(Tamura-do).
There is a receptionist desk in the front of this building.
This is the 朝倉堂(Asakura-do).
This building is an important cultural property which was rebuilt in 1633.
Because this building has been donated by Sadakage Asakura who was a feudal lord of Echizen, it is called the 朝倉堂(Asakura-do).
This temple is also the thirteenth temple of the Rakuyo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage which to enshrine Senju Kannon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with a 1000 arms).
We can enter the 本堂(main hall) where there is the stage of the Kiyomizu temple from here.
Let’s show the ticket which we purchased beforehand here.
The 本堂(main hall) has been donated by Iemitsu Tokugawa who is 3th General of the Edo Shogunate.
In addition, this building was rebuilt in 1633, and has been appointed to a national treasure.
The base supporting the stage of the Kiyomizu temple is built by technique called “懸造(kakezukuri)” that does not use the nail at all.
This base was made by joining 139 pieces of the pillar of the zelkova.(○´艸｀)
“Standing Statue of Senju Kannon”, “Standing statue of Vaisravana” and “Standing Statue of Jizo Bosatsu” which are ordinarily kept hidden from view is enshrined in the main hall.
(These Buddha statues are not ordinarily open to the public.)
The one phrase of the Sutra of Avalokitesvara is published in the East of the main hall.
Ｗｅ can read this one paragraph with “慈眼視衆生(jigenjishujo) 福聚海無量(fukujukaimuryo)”.
The meaning of these phrase is “The Kannon is watching us kindly anytime. We can find happiness if I follow the Kannon.”.
After we pass through the main hall, we will see the 地主神社(Jishu-jinja Shrine). The details will be described later.
This is the 釈迦堂(Shaka-do).
This building is important cultural property which was rebuilt in 1631.
There are the 阿弥陀堂(Amida-do) and the 奥の院(Okuno-in) beside the 釈迦堂(Shaka-do), but cannot see that for repair work now.
This is the 子安塔(Koyasu tower) of the 泰産寺(Taizan-ji Temple).
This building is important cultural property which was rebuilt in 1500.
In old days, this building had been built near the Deva gate , but it was removed, and reconstructed in the current place in 1911.
This building is the main hall of the Taizan-ji Temple which is a minor Zen temple of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
Because the word of “泰産(Taizan)” has the meaning of the easy delivery, The Taizan-ji Temple is believed in as God of the easy delivery.
This temple is also the fourteenth temple of the Rakuyo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage which to enshrine Senju Kannon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with a 1000 arms).
After we pass through the 北総門(Kitasoumon), we will see the three text monuments.
Poetry to be related to “月照上人(Gessho-jonin)”, “信海上人(Shinkai-jonin)” and “西郷隆盛公(takamori Saigo)” are engraved into these monument.
There is the stone Buddha group on the approach to a shrine on the left side of the temple.
This stone Buddha group was made by abandoned Buddha statue because of the case of Haibutsu-kishaku (a movement to abolish Buddhism) in the Meiji era.
This is the 成就院（Joju-in）.
This temple is the Honbo(main priest’s residence of Kiyomizu-dera) Temple.
A principal idol of this temple is the “十一面千手観音(eleven-faced one thousand-armed Kannon Bosatsu)”.
In addition, in this temple, there is a Japanese garden called “a garden of the moon” which has been designated as a natural beauty spot.
This garden is not ordinarily open to the public. (Only open to the public on specific days in spring and autumn.)
The “地主神社(Jishu-jinja Shrine)” is the Shinto shrine which is built to worship God of the land beforehand when a temple and a Shinto shrine are built.
The Shinto shrine which is the most famous in these “地主神社(Jishu-jinja Shrine)” is “地主神社(Jishu-jinja Shrine) which is in the Kiyomizu-dera Temple”.
The history of this Shinto shrine is very old. and, according to another view, there is the opinion which has been believed in the days of the age of the gods.
In addition, this Shinto shrine was local deity Corporation of Kiyomizu-dera Temple until the Edo era.
However, this Shinto shrine became an independent Shinto shrine by the gods and Buddha separation law of the Meiji era.
There are eight kinds of shrine seals in Kiyomizu-dera Temple now.
↓Please refer to this Blog for the details.↓(Japanese text only.)
This time, I got the representative shrine seal of “本堂(Hon-do)”.
●The map of Kiyomizu-dera Temple
●The Map of World Heritage ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’
The nearest station of Kiyomizu-dera Temple is “Keihan Gion-shijo Station” or “Keihan Kiyomizu-gojo Station”.
Kiyomizu-gojo Station is near to the destination.
It is about 30-minutes walk from the station.
When it goes from Gion-shijo Station, it is a route going along Ichinen-zaka and Ninen-zaka.
■About Ichinen-zaka and Ninen-zaka
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