Kiyomizu-dera Temple


The Fresh Green Leaves of Kiyomizu-dera Temple - Boasting 1,200 Years of History!

Renowned founder of the Tendai school Saicho is the benefactor for this long-standing temple. It originates back to 806 A.D. when the Buddhist monk carved an image of thousand-armed Guanyin on a Persian silk tree when he returned home from Tang dynasty China. Today, the wooden idol is worshipped by the followers of his teaching as a deity for fertility and matchmaking. The temple’s gate has been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property of Fukuoka Prefecture and is a symbolic feature of Kiyomizu-dera.
Modeled after the five-story pagoda of Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka, the construction of the temple finished in 1836. Also enshrined here is what is called a ””parental Guanyin”” attributing to when Jikaku Daishi, better known as Ennin the disciple of Saicho, worshipped Guanyin here in 848 A.D. As the name implies, many young parents come here to pray for healthy growth of their children. The mausoleum is also believed to possess divine power to help nursing mothers lactate when a breast-shaped object is offered as a sacrifice.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 835-0003 福岡県みやま市瀬高町本吉1119-1
Address Setakamachi Motoyoshi, Miyama City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Telephone Number 0944-63-7625(清水寺(寺務所))
Contact Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Car Park Available
Access 5 min by car from Kyushu Expressway Miyama-yanagawa Interchange.
10 min by cab from JR Kyushu Setaka Station.

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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