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[Facility] Kiyomizu-dera Temple

[Hours] 6:00~18:00(Aug-Sept: 18:30)
[Hols] Open all year round

  • Equipped with Slopes
  • Universal (Wheelchair Friendly) Toilets
  • Unevenness (five or more centimeters)
  • Guide Dogs
  • Stairs
  • Audio Guidance, Braille
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

This is said to have been opened by the Seii Taishogun (great general who subdues the barbarians) Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro in the Heian period. There are approximately 30 main buildings and these were rebuilt at the start of the Edo period (1603-1868) by the third Edo shogun Iemitsu Tokugawa. The best known is the Kiyomizu-no-butai, or stage Kiyomizu. The view from here is wonderful, especially in spring and autumn. Below the stage stand the Otowa-no-taki waterfall and Koyasu-no-to pagoda. This temple was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1994. (Month checked: 2018.Dec, )

Location 1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto, 605-0862
Tel 075-551-1234
Fax 075-551-1287
Access City Bus Kiyomizu-michi Alight and 10-min walk, City Bus Gojozaka Alight and 10-min walk, Keihan Kiyomizu-Gojo Stn.: Alight and walk 20min
Charges [Discounts for disabled] Disabled person: Free, Required assistants: Free* Must show disability card or present it in advance
[Charge] Snr High Sch students and above: ¥300, Elementary & Jnr High Sch Students: ¥200
[Parking] None
[Wheelchair marked parking] None
[Wheelchair friendly toilet] Available
[Services] Guide dog OK
[Remarks]Wheelchair tour map distributed at entrance to Hondo main hall/Wheelchair users can enter by car from disaster prevention road, and can be guided all the way to the main hall

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Highlights & Barrier Free Info

Chawan-zaka to Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Chawan-zaka to Kiyomizu-dera TempleBest to use some form of transport like a taxi to go from the Gojo-zaka intersection up to Kiyomizu-dera Temple as the incline is steep. Once Chawan-zaka is reached, there are vehicle stoppers on the emergency passageway. So use the intercom to contact the Kiyomizu-dera office and the gate will be opened to enable you and the vehicle you are traveling in to enter.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple guidance on road surface

Kiyomizu-dera Temple guidance on road surfaceLarge-sized directions for wheelchair users are painted on the road surface of the steep incline. Follow these direction arrows to avoid the steps at Nioman gate and instead head to Jojukin-no-ike pond, get out of the vehicle there and head to the nearby admission booth.

Slope next to admission booth at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Slope next to admission booth at Kiyomizu-dera TempleWheelchairs can access the temple complex via the group entrance or the normal entrance. There is a two-stage slope at the visitor entrance and a three-stage slope at the main hall.

Steps from main hall to stage at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Steps from main hall to stage at Kiyomizu-dera TempleGoing from the main hall to Kiyomizu stage involves negotiating three uneven areas (Approx. 30cm, 17cm and 9cm). Moving across these uneven areas is difficult for wheelchair users, so if walking is possible, please do so, as the view from the stage is fantastic.

Slope east of main hall at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Slope east of main hall at Kiyomizu-dera TempleThankfully there is a slope-and-flat path detour between the main hall and the inner shrine.

Nurete-Kannon at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Nurete-Kannon at Kiyomizu-dera TemplePour water on this Kannon's face to produce a smile on the statue, which is at wheelchair eye level.

The view spot at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

The view spot at Kiyomizu-dera TempleThis is the best view at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, showing the Kiyomizu stage in its glory. And, viewing at dusk is extra special.

Otowa-no-taki waterfall at Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Otowa-no-taki waterfall at Kiyomizu-dera TempleKnown as golden water or life-prolonging water, it is said that this waterfall was first chanced upon by the holy priest Enchin who was searching for a miraculous spring revealed to him in a divine message from the Kannon. If you use the slope to avoid the steps, wheelchair users can get right up to the waterfall. There is a fence in front of the waterfall, but if you ask the staff, they will remove it for you and you can you use a long-handled ladle to catch some water.

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