Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto (Travel by LCC & Rent a car)⑪

On the fourth day of the trip, I woke up at 8 o’clock late in the morning because there are no special plans.

Many breads sold at supermarkets contain additives, so we decided to stop the breakfast bread and eat the rice in the retort pack this day.

I heated the rice with the microwave in the lounge on the 1st floor of the hotel “Hatagoya”.

As usual I ate plenty of salad, eggs, tuna and miso soup etc. It was a simple breakfast. But a satisfactory breakfast for staying in the room of “Hatagoya”.

I wash clothes using a washing machine / dryer on the 1st floor, and it was 11 o’clock that I left “Hatagoya”. Of course, it is the last among guests. I plan to go sightseeing in Kyoto this day, but in the worst case I went out with the intention of only visiting Kiyomizudera.

According to the car navigation, from “Hatagoya Narahari” hotel to Kiyomizudera temple it will take about an hour and a half. In past experiences you can arrive earlier than scheduled if you choose the route of highway, but if you choose general road route you will always be behind schedule.

Therefore, I went by highway use route, but it seems that I perceived a considerable detour. It may be the cause that the joint part of Daini-Keihan Highway from Kyonawa Highway is meandering and is westwarded to the east. Even though arrived at Kiyomizudera around 12:30 as scheduled.

I did not know where to park the parking lot and as I proceeded according to Navi, I came in front of a private parking lot which seemed to be closest to the mountain gate of Kiyomizu Temple. However, when the car running in front entered the parking lot, it was just full. The way which is one way is returned to the direction which originated by curving to U shape before the temple gate.

There are tourists overflowing the road that is only about 4m wide, and it is the aspect of Takeshita-dori in Harajuku. Carefully go down the slope so as not to hit people and you can see the sign of “Times” parking lot in front.

It was full but it seemed one car was just moving and going out. After further slowing down, I stopped the car to the side of the “Times” parking lot. Perhaps it is time for those who worshiped in the morning to leave. I was able to get it in good timing by emptying out one car.

Although it is likely to rain, it is a weather that feels like it does not come yet. Just to be sure, I brought out a folding umbrella.

30% of tourists are wearing kimonos. About foreign tourists, I wonder if they are wearing kimono more than 50%. Later when I went down this shopping street there were plenty of kimono rental shops. Every rental shop seems to charge 3,000 yen.

If you are planning to post good pictures on SNS, the spending of 3,000 yen will be cheap. It may be possible to rent even in a hotel to stay. That way you can do sightseeing all day with kimono. It would be popular because it makes it easy for Japanese visitors as well as foreign tourists to taste special traditional lifestyle.

As I go through the temple gate, the main hall of Kiyomizudera is covered with a dark brown net for construction. Scaffolding of construction is also assembled on the stage of Kiyomizu, the scenery is messed up. The timing of the visit was bad. With this we can not take good pictures.

As I came up to the main hall there was a big bell, so I rang and chanted sir. I did not know the sect of Kiyomizudera but it was just as good as Shingon sect. When going up from the main hall, it is divided into a route that goes directly back to the person who does not have time and a course to observe Otowa Falls. Because it is a journey that does not rush, I went on a one-round course.

A little away from the main hall you feel free from crowds and bustle and you can feel the fresh air of Kiyomizu Temple forest. Sometimes it rained in the morning, perhaps the air is cleaner and clearer. I felt that Kiyomizudera was compactly packed with great sights and it was the best place for sightseeing.

Just only the admission fee income would be a huge amount, so it would be possible to afford large-scale repair work. It is noticed that the fate of prosperity or decline will be decided by the talent of the people who operate the temple.

We came back to Otowa Falls and decided to line because the line in front of the waterfall was about 20 people. The water of Otowa waterfall flowing out from the top of the mountain is poured into the pond with three throughs. It is said that there is a benefit when receiving it with a ladle. Since everybody makes their friends take pictures from face to face so that they can keep their figure in their photographs, the line does not progress very easily. I think that it is good if the trader takes photographs and distributes them on the net by banning individual photographs. I persevered and thought about such a thing and waited for the turn. I took a picture from the side of my wife who receives water with a ladle.


In 1944, Kiyomizu-dera Temple was registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.