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This is a historical wooden arch bridge, in the city of Iwakuni, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. The length is 175m and the width is 5m.

You can enjoy this beautiful view of the bridge in any season.

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This is a 108m high tower and well-known landmark of Osaka, Japan. You can enjoy some views of Osaka on the top of the tower.
The original Tsutenkaku had built in 1912.

You can enjoy in every season.

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Originally the Castle had build in 1583 and it destroyed by battle in 1615. Tokugawa Shogunate or the government in those days rebuilt the Castle in 1620.

In Spring, there are beautiful Sakura. Besides Spring, the Castle area is a nice park.

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・From the JR Station
JR Karatsu Line, from Chikuhi line Karatsu Station, 20 minutes by taxi.

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This is truly a visually stunning place and a must-visit if you're in Kyoto.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is usually swarmed with tourists. Sometimes it even becomes difficult to move around. To beat the crowds you need to:

  • Avoid weekends, go mid-week.
  • Arrive early, if possible between 6 A.M. and 7 A.M.: It's a perfect time to enjoy the magic of this temple in solitude. If you can't make it that early try to be there at least between 7 - 8 A.M when it‘s still relatively quiet compared to later in the day. TIP: Stay at the closest hotel (walking distance) and get there easily first thing in the morning. See our guest house/hotel recommendation below (Where to Stay).
  • You could also arrive late, about 1 hour before it closes. Then you may have the last minutes almost for yourself. 

Opening Hours (Entrance Fee 400 Yen)

Open year-round from 6:00 .a.m.
Closes at 6:00 p.m. (18:00) or 6:30 p.m. (18:30), depending on the season. More details (and night opening hours) here: Kiyomizudera Opening Hours

Spring and Fall Illumination

During fall season the temple and the gorgeious autumn colors are illuminated from 18:00 to 21:00 (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.). This happens also in the spring. Illumination periods are:

  • Spring: mid-March until mid-April
  • Autumn: mid-November to early December

It's crowded during this time but definitely worth it. Tip: If you'd like to dodge the heavy crowds during the illumination do not get there early around or before 6 p.m. Instead arrive between 8:30 p.m and 9 p.m. They don't close at 9 p.m. It's usually open until 10 p.m. That means you still have an hour or longer with less crowds. 


Highlights

Nature's seasonal highlights at Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto are cherry blossoms in spring and the changing leaf color in autumn. The temple features about 1500 cherry blossoms and 1000 colorful trees with changing leaves.

Cherry Blossoms


Cherry blossom in Kyomizu by Tasuku Soma, CC BY added content

The temple is one of Kyoto's top cherry blossom spots, with almost 1500 mountain cherry and somei yoshino trees. The blooming season is very short. It only takes about two weeks from the opening of the first blossoms until they are falling from the trees. On average the first blossoms in Kyoto open end of March. They reach full bloom around April 5. However, the start of the blooming season can vary by one week (plus/minus) each year. Generally, your best bet is to visit early April, if you'd like to spot them. A great map and table with dates for Kyoto and other cities: JNTO Cherry Blossoms Timetable Tip: The blossoms are illuminated at night, creating a beautiful romantic scenery. If you don't mind the crowds, visit during the spring illumination.

Fall Foliage


Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto by Martin Falbisoner, CC BY-SA colored

The leaf changing colors are almost equally beautiful and Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a truly spectacular autumn color spot. Compared to cherry blossoms, the gorgeous leaf colors last much longer: The foliage season in Kyoto lasts from mid-October until mid-December, with a peak in mid-November. Your best bet to spot the beautiful fall foliage is between mid-November and late November. However, any time within the two months is usually worth it. Tip: Like for the cherry blossoms in spring, the fall illumination of the autumn foliage creates a beautiful atmosphere. 

 

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Kinkaku-ji is probably Kyoto's most famous temples attracting a huge number of visitors each year. It's a Zen Buddhist temple which was built at the end of the 14th century.

Expect heavy crowds year-round. Open 9 AM - 5 PM each day, year-round.

To avoid the crowds:
- Arrive early. A couple of minutes before the gates open at 9:00 AM.
- You could arrive late around 4 PM and stay till 5 PM. Then you have the last couple of minutes almost for yourself to take great photos.
- Avoid weekends, go mid-week.

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