Kiyomizu-dera – Dec. 31 07

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The next day, instead of getting lost again, we decided to just take a taxi to wherever we wanted to go. Our first stop: Kiyomizu-dera temple. It’s one of the biggest and most famous temples in Kyoto. And probably one of the most beautiful places we visited in Japan. You can see the main gate in this picture.

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The temple dates back to 778, but the present buildings were constructed in 1633. The temple takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu (清水) means pure water, or clear water.

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