Sakura and blue light

Emotional walking path Ninensaka / Sannensaka
representing Kyoto

Ninenzaka and Minisaka were created as a worship route leading to Kiyomizu Temple. It is a spot where you can enjoy Kyoto's best emotionally beautiful scenery, with tiled roof Japanese houses lined with cobbled streets. From Kiyomizu Temple on the way down Kiyomizu-zaka on the way to Kodaiji area, there are many attractive shops such as famous shops, old-fashioned restaurants and popular souvenir shops in the approach. It may not be known unexpectedly, but the official names of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka are Nineigzaka and Sanneizaka, respectively. It is the theory that the name was given to the origin of Sanseizaka because Toyotomi Hideyoshi's regular wife Nene who had been living in Kodaiji Temple went up the slope and went to Kiyomizu-dera in anticipation of the birth of a child There is. It is said that Niningzaka and Ichimenzaka were attached to each other below.
The legend "I will die within 2 years if I stumble on Biennial slope" and "I die within 3 years if to stumble over Sanage slope" is said to have been told and told that "I will take care of Ishi Danzaka" It is considered. The stairs of the cobbled floor are a bit steep, so be careful with your feet when coming wet with rain or visiting in kimono or yukata.

History of the birth of Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto, which is listed as one of the 17 World Cultural Heritage sites in Kyoto. Priest Enchin is believed to have founded a small thatched-roofed hut to pray for Kannon Bodhisattva in the current precinct in 778. This temple, well-known for its main hall with a large veranda jutting out over the hillside, was originally built by Sakanoue Tamuramaro in 798 and rebuilt by the third Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1633.

Speaking of temples in Kyoto, Kiyomizudera whose name always goes up. Selected as a World Cultural Heritage Site, Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a popular tourist attraction representing Kyoto, which is visited by many tourists from Japan and countries of the world.
The area of the site is 130,000 square meters, and among the large site there are historic buildings such as the Niomon and Triple Tower, which are imposing at the entrance of Kiyomizu Temple, and the most famous Main Hall. There are also nearly thirty. Hondou is a popular place known by the word The stage of Shimizu, from which you can admire the view of the city of Kyoto.

Stage of Kiyomizudera

What means "Jumping off the stage of Shimizu"

Below the stage of Kiyomizudera

The word "Jump off from the stage of Shimizu" is used in Japan in the sense of "to make a bold decision", but since it is the place that became the word origin of this word, it is from the actual The stage of Shimizu Please also look at the height.

Besides, Kiyomizu-dera is also famous for being able to enjoy the scenery of the four seasons, and in particular, "Spring cherry blossoms" and "Autumn leaves" show a very beautiful figure. Also, at this time, "Special night watching" is also held for a limited time, and you can see the light-mapped Kiyomizu-dera only during this time, so please try to experience the things.

Kiyomizu Temple where cherry blossoms and fresh green sea spread

Cherry blossom and blue light

Kiyomizu-dera is a famous spot for walking around autumn leaves, buildings, temples, etc., but it is a place that should not be forgotten as a cherry blossom spot. It is one of Kyoto's leading cherry blossom sites, with some 1,000 such as Somei Yoshino and Yamazakura. The scenery of the cherry blossoms and the main hall illuminated from below the stage of Shimizu, and the scenery of the cherry blossoms and the triple pagoda from the Hase Pond can not be admired.

Other than these, you can enjoy the night cherry blossoms from various angles because the grounds themselves are vast, such as the contrast between the cherry blossoms and the grounds, and the view from Mt. Otoha. The scenery seen from the stage of Shimizu is breathtaking even for free, but the scenery seen from there in the cherry blossom season is an unimaginable beauty. 

Cherry bloosom and pond
Green leaf and cherry blossom

Light of mercy of Kannon

Sakura and blue light

In addition, during the special visit period, a blue light called “light of mercy of Kannon” from Kiyomizu Temple is also emitted. The main temple of Kiyomizu-dera is a thousand-handed Kannon, and it is a hidden Buddha that is only opened once in 33 years.

The night cherry blossoms light up of Kiyomizu-dera, where the gentle atmosphere of cherry blossoms and the mysterious and holy atmosphere are fused, you can feel the delicacy of Kyoto over other places of cherry blossoms. Finally, the renovation of Kiyomizudera has just left the main hall and the shakudo hall. The main roof began to be assembled with a roof from January 2017, and now the seat is covered and the appearance can not be seen. Completion will be the 2020 Olympics.

tower and blue light
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