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Kyoto - Higashiyama - Entrance of Kiyomizudera temple

The Higashiyama district in Kyoto is situated at the base of the Higashiyama Mountains (Eastern mountains) and is a part of town with many impressive temples, shrines, pagodas and gardens.

One of the most important and most visited temples is Kiyomizudera (or Kiyomizu-dera).
Temples in Japan are usually larger complexes consisting of a main hall of course, a lecture hall, a pagoda, an entrance gate, a temple bell, a cemetery and often also a garden.
You can find a picture of the main hall of Kiyomizudera in the workshop.
As main picture I preferred a view of the entrance gate.

Information from: http://www.japan-guide.com :

Kiyomizudera (literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters.
The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965.
In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.

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