After the long trek along Kiyomizu-zaka (where R kept telling me to hurry or else we’d miss the sunset), we finally reached Kiyomizu-dera. One of the reasons why R wanted to go to Kiyomizu-dera was because it was a World Cultural Heritage Site. I must admit that was about the only thing I know about the place, aside from thinking it had something to do with water because of the mizu in its name (which means ‘water’ in Japanese). Still, I was pretty excited to visit my first-ever temple in Japan.
It was about a couple of hours before closing time when we arrived, and there were a lot of people.
And there were a lot of students (most likely on a field trip), too. Randomly, I think I’ve seen all kinds of skirt lengths while I was in Japan, haha. It was relieving to know that not ALL school skirts are as short as most anime portray them to be!
These are ema, wooden plaques where people can write their wishes for success – in life in general, or for a particular desire. These don’t come for free, of course. They’re sold in several areas inside the temple complex. Another stupid thought, but I wonder what are done with these ema after a period of time. Are they all kept in some part of the temple? Surely thousands (or even millions) of ema have already been sold, written on and tied here.
There are several shops along Kiyomizu-zaka where you can rent kimonos such as these. R and I decided we’d rent them maybe the next time we go to Japan, haha. We don’t think it’s easy to put on a kimono, and at the time, as I’ve said, we wanted to catch the sunset. Figuring out how to wear a kimono would have definitely wasted our time. [ETA: R tells me now, “We didn’t rent kimonos because they were expensive!” Hahaha, point taken. I can’t recall exactly but they were around 3000-5000 yen.)
This purification fountain is found just before the entrance to the main hall. Here is a guide on how to properly rinse your hands and mouth before entering the temple. R and I skipped this part, though, because there were too many people and the sun was rapidly sinking along the horizon.
There was a high school teacher who was explaining what these were to her students, but unfortunately I’m not that good (yet!) with Japanese to completely understand what she said, haha. They look a bit familiar, though. Maybe in some anime series? I wonder what the slippers are for, too!
This was my omikuji. According to my friend Tammy, I got a ‘big fortune’. Woohoo!
If I remember correctly, I paid around 100-200 yen for my omikuji. And since I didn’t know I can take it home, I tied it here. Actually, I would have still tied it here even if I’d known just because it looked cool, haha.
To get to Kiyomizu-dera, ride the Kyoto City buses number 100, 202, 206 or 207 and get off at the Kiyomizu-michi bus stop. (TIP: You can get a free Kyoto City bus sightseeing map at the Tourist Information Center in the Kyoto Station. I swear those maps saved mine and R’s lives while we were in Kyoto. SUPER useful!) From the bus stop, just follow where everyone else seems to be going. I’m not even kidding, haha. Admission is 300 yen. Visit their official website for more details.
Date visited: November 7, 2012.
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