Magical Kiyomizu-dera

Day 11 · Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto Scroll down

A few hours later, walking from Ginkaku-ji, we got to Kiyomizu-dera, a temple in the middle of the mountains that leaves everyone in absolute awe with such beauty.

Old part of Kyoto, very traditional housing.

Old part of Kyoto, very traditional housing.

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Every restaurant in this discrict has a custom of leaving a plate with sugar (?) at the entrance.

Every restaurant in this discrict has a custom of leaving a plate with sugar (?) at the entrance.

We passed by Maruyama Park again, on our way to Kiyomizu-dera.

We passed by Maruyama Park again, on our way to Kiyomizu-dera.

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Walking up to Kiyomizu-dera was definitely a great way to end a very tiring day, specially because we got to see the old streets of ancient Kyoto — also known as Higashiyama-ku.

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Kiyomizu-dera, as almost everything in Japan, has to be experienced in person. It’s magical on a deeply spiritual level; so deep that it simply cannot be put into words. Truly one of the most beautiful, magical places on earth.

Entrance to Kiyomizu temple.

Entrance to Kiyomizu temple.

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Quite the view from the veranda.

Quite the view from the veranda.

Kiyomizu-dera is popular for its large veranda on the main hall.

Kiyomizu-dera is popular for its large veranda on the main hall.

Pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera.

Pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera.

At dinner we tried the Special Kyoto Okonomoyaki surrounded by mannequins geikos that were a bit creepy, and while heading back to the hotel we saw a true Geiko, being assaulted by tourists paparazzi.

Awesome modern house in the Gion district, known for its traditional houses.

Awesome modern house in the Gion district, known for its traditional houses.

Creepy mannequin watching us having dinner

Creepy mannequin watching us having dinner

Kyoto-style okonomiyaki — it was good, but we've had better and more filling ones.

Kyoto-style okonomiyaki — it was good, but we’ve had better and more filling ones.

We wondered if the restaurant had been a brothel of some kind, given the decoration.

We wondered if the restaurant had been a brothel of some kind, given the decoration.

Walk to the hotel through Ponto-cho, known for this very narrow alleyway, home traditional tea houses and geiko activity.

Walk to the hotel through Ponto-cho, known for this very narrow alleyway, home traditional tea houses and geiko activity.

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