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Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto.
Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
The temple was founded in 798, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.
The main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple has a huge wooden veranda that is supported by hundreds of pillars, that jut out over the hillside. It offers impressive views of the hills and the city of Kyoto. An Edo period tradition was that if you could survive a jump from the veranda, which is a 13m jump, your wish would be granted. This practice is now prohibited!