Kiyomizudera – Clear Water Temple – UNESCO’s World Heritage site
This is a walking tour that usually departs from the Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum at 10:00 in downtown Kyoto. The fee covers 10 people. The tour is about 2 hours. Your tour guide is a government licenced tour guide. Whether you are a couple or a a group of 10 people the price is standard. The tour guide escorts you all the time and you take public transportation or ride a taxi as a group.
Please read more below about the venue:
Kiyomizudera is one of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Kyoto, lined up with many souvenir shops and restaurants on Ninen-zaka and San’nen-zaka.. Over 1200 years ago, Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, a renowned warrior came here to hunt for a stag. But he met a training monk at the source of the clear waters and realized it was wrong to kill living animals. Then he became a devout believer of Kan’non Bodhisattva (God of Mercy) and built a Buddhist temple here. This Kan’non Bodhisattva which has eleven heads and thousand arms is the main object of worship, but only open to the public every 33 years.
The temple was burnt down several times, and the present building was reconstructed in 1633 by the 3rd Shogun of the Edo Period. The architecture is made of Japanese cypress and the roof is of cypress bark. 12-meter scaffolding has 139 wooden pillars which are put together by wooden wedges without using any nails. It is an earthquake resistant structure as wedges don’t loosen up easily. There’s a famous saying in Japanese, ’Jumping off from Kiyomizu Stage,’ meaning deciding to do something very important. 235 people have tried to throw themselves from the stage, but there was 85％ survival rate.
Jishu Shrine, the shrine for matchmaking is extremely popular among young people. Otowa no Taki, clear water from Mt. Otowa is said to have power of scholarly success, matchmaking and long life.
Having your local private tourguide on the ground makes the traveling experience way more rewarding and fun. Maikoya has constantly been rated as the top cultural experience venue in Osaka and Kyoto and we work with the best tour guides in Osaka and Kyoto who are experts in their field. The best part is we have actual locations in the heart of Osaka and downtown Kyoto, so you can always call us or come to our office if you should have any problems at all. You can also leave your luggaes in our locations.
By having your private government licensed private tour guide you will get
An experienced, licensed local tour guide with all the local knowledge and tips who will make sure that you focus on relaxing and having fun and not worry about getting lost.
A well planned itinerary prepared for you in advance and shared with you in advance so that you don’t have to worry about missing your train or missing the best museum in town because it closes early.
An opportunity to exchange emails with the tour guide and ask some questions you may have including but not limited to good restaurants in town, seasonal activities, local customs and the etiquette, what to bring along and so on.
Your local guide will not only escort you throughout the whole trip, he/she will also share all the interesting facts about the culture and history of your destination that only locals know.
Your local guide will show you the best photo spots, best souvenir shops and off the beaten tracks that may be of interest to you.
You don’t have to pay for your guide’s transportation or meal.
During this tour you get to choose whether to take a taxi or use the public transportation. In either case it is good to bring comfortable shoes and leave your heavy bag at your hotel. You can always leave your belongings at our locations in Kyoto or Osaka if you need to. Also don’t forget to bring some cash to use for the vending machines and the souvenir shops as in Japan some stores still do not accept credit card.
This tour can be adjusted based on your needs and desires. As soon as you make the reservation the tour guide will contact you with the details.