This website started as a hobby to explain photography (posts listed here), but over time expanded to provide (hopefully) useful information about Japan and the Japanese language. I also run edonoyu.com with a friend—a site that covers onsen in the Tokyo region.
Structure standing above Otowa Waterfall built in the same style and using the same techniques as the Main Hall (it was built in 1633, the year that the Main Hall was rebuilt). A favorite photography spot among visitors.
The waterfall from which Kiyomizu derives its name. The water falls from above from three separate streams, and it is believed that drinking from each stream answer prayers in studies, health, and romance.
Originally living quarters for a temple priest, Jōjuin served as the sub-temple of Kiyomizu as well as the administrative center for managing the temple’s finances. Known for its Moon Garden which is opened to the public only during the cherry blossom and autumn period.
A small shrine at the north side of Kiyomizu Temple dedicated to five gods, one of whom is Okuninushi no Mikoto—the god of love and matchmaking. It is famous for two stones placed 18-meters apart—it is said that whoever can walk from one to the other with their eyes closed without bumping into anyone will find love.