Kiyomizu Temple is the main sect of Japanese Buddhism Hosang Sect and it was built in 778. It is located in Kiyomizu in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto City which covers an area of 130,000 square meters. This is the most immemorial temple in Kyoto which has been burnt down and rebuilt several times. The Shimizu stage hanging in front of the main hall is a Japanese national treasure. In spring, cherry blossoms are blooming. This place would be the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto. In autumn, red maple is refreshing , and it is also a scenic maple viewing spot.


Kiyomizu-dera TempleThe expression "to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu" is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression "to take the plunge." Kiyomizu-dera Temple is perhaps the most beloved of Kyoto's temples, and is a fixture in the minds of the Japanese people. The temple's platform juts out of the side of a mountain supported by 13-meter-high wooden columns. The main hall with its distinctive hip-shaped roof of cypress bark rests on the platform, and houses within it a priceless statue of Kannon Bodhisattva, the goddess of mercy. From the platform, one can appreciate fine views facing west over the city of Kyoto. This is an auspicious place to watch the sun set, which may also explain the romantic associations accorded to the temple.


Several other buildings designated as "national treasures" dot the grounds, as do waterfalls and landmarks which have entered the popular lore. Thus people come to the temple to drink water from the falls by collecting it in tin cups; the water is said to have therapeutic properties, and drinking from the three different streams is said to confer health, longevity and success in studies. There is also a shrine on the grounds, and praying there is said to help one succeed in finding an appropriate love match. People desirous of a romantic partner can be seen walking between two prominent stones with their eyes closed. If one can make the journey alone, this is taken as a sign that the pilgrim will find love. Those who need assistance in making the crossing will require an intermediary to help them find their mate.