Kiyomizudera Temple Travel Guide

Kiyomizudera Temple
One of Japan’s most famous and celebrated Buddhist temples, the iconic Kiyomizudera watches over Kyoto city from the east, surrounded by shops and restaurants selling local-style sweets and the finest Kyoto cuisine.

Nearby Food Experiences

Nearby Restaurants


Kodaiji Jugyuan

Fine dining on the ground of a Kyoto temple — this restaurant offers one of the most refined and relaxing culinary experiences in Kyoto.
Lunch: ¥20,000-30,000
Dinner: ¥30,000-40,000


Get a mix of traditional and modern at this Kyoto kaiseki restaurant that introduces all the best seasonal ingredients the city has to offer.
Lunch: ¥5,000-6,000
Dinner: ¥10,000-15,000

Gion Nishikawa

Gion elegance in every moment, this kaiseki restaurant holds a well-deserved place in the top-tier of Kyoto’s food scene.
Lunch: ¥15,000-19,999
Dinner: ¥30,000-39,999


Muse upon the changing of the seasons while filling up on some incredible Michelin-starred Japanese dishes.
Dinner: ¥15,000-20,000

Winding along the path up to the World Heritage listed Kiyomizudera, shops line the bustling streets selling souvenirs, Kyoto-style ceramics, and locally-made wagashi (Japanese sweets). Perched on the top of a hill beside the Otowa Waterfall, sweeping views of Kyoto from this “Pure Water Temple” change with the seasons, particularly spectacular in spring and the fall. Eventually, its roads wind down to meet the cobbled streets of Gion and Downtown beyond, while a little way north of Kiyomizudera lies the famous Heian Shrine, surrounded by world-class galleries and museums. The eastern Higashiyama District between Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizudera hosts one of Kyoto’s best-preserved historic districts, where other temples are dotted between narrow lanes filled with traditional wooden buildings reminiscent of life in the old capital. With cozy restaurants and specialty stores selling sweets, pickles, and local handicrafts, these atmospheric laneways stretch across 2 kilometers, showcasing Kyoto’s finest food and local wares.

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