Kiyomizu-dera described several Buddhist temples , but mostly it is the Otowasan Kiyomizudera in eastern Kyoto (city district Higashiyama meant), one of the most famous sights of the city. The temple was founded in 1994 along with other sites to UNESCO – World Heritage Site Historic Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Shige) appointed.
The history of the temple to the year 798 back, but the present building was in 1633 erected. The temple got its name from the waterfall within the temple complex, which comes down from the nearby hills – kiyoi mizu literally means pure water . The main hall of Kiyomizu-dera is famous for its wide terrace known, was built along with the main hall to a wooden beam construction on a steep mountain slope. The terrace offers a magnificent view over the city. The temple has acquired the surrounding land in order to prevent the construction of skyscrapers.
The Japanese phrase “jump off the terrace of Kiyomizu” means “to struggle through to a conclusion.” This is reminiscent of a tradition from the Edo period , after a man who dared to jump from the terrace, all needs were met. This seems plausible, as the lush vegetation dampens the impact on the terrace. 234 jumps were recorded in the Edo period and 85.4% of them survived the jumper jump (today it is forbidden to jump from the terrace). The distance from the terrace to the ground is only 13 m, but this is an impressive amount for such a timber construction.
A wide staircase leads off the main hall at the foot of the slope. Here is the waterfall of Otowa-no-taki , where three separate water channels falling into a pool. Temple visitors catch the water in metal trays and drink it because it is said to possess healing powers and health brings, long life and success.
The temple complex also houses several Shinto shrines , notably Jishu-jinja , which the Okuninushino-Mikoto is dedicated to a god of love. Located in the grounds a pair of “love stones”, the 18 m apart. It is said that people who see with their eyes closed the way from one stone to another, will soon be in love. They especially like it will be tried by Japanese students. If the walking person is helped, it means that a mediator brings the lovers together. At the main entrance road of the temple, one of the most visited attractions is the city, is lined with souvenir shops together: retailers offer different charms for sale, incense and o-mikuji (future interpretive lots , the labels of “good fortune” to “great misfortune” bear ) there are in abundance.