The Kiyomizudera temple is without a doubt one of the landmarks of Kyoto. The temple is located on the hills to the East of Kyoto, just passed the Higashiyama district. The main building is built on steep terrain and is held in place by many wooden pillars. The deck offers a nice view of the city.

Strangely, it was an Edo period tradition to jump off the deck of the Kiyomizudera temple (13m high). If you survived, your wish would be granted. If you did not survive… Well lets just say luck was not on your side. Historical records tell that two hundred thirty-four people (234) jumped during the Edo period. About 85% of those survived. Jumping is prohibited nowadays but you can still enjoy the awesome view of the city of Kyoto.

The thirsty traveller may also enjoy a nice cup of tea after the visit in a very pleasant setting. A section of the temple is also dedicated to a goddess of love and attracts many young girls seeking romance.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kinki area
Prefecture : Kyōto-fu
City : Kyōto-shi
District : Kiyomizu 1-chōme
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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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