In our last day in Kyoto we couldn’t miss the chance to visit Kiyomizu-dera. After debating if we had time or not before our train departed to Nara we decided to make the trek and visit the iconic temple. We walked along the Gion District and followed signs to the temple stopping in and out of trinket stores and kimono shops along the way. Since our Guest House had these most amazing indoor kimonos that kept us so warm I was on a mission to find them.
Finally after walking up windy stone streets in the soft rain we found our way to Kiyomizu-dera. There are moments in life when your expectations are exceeded and this was one of those moments.
While the temple was crowded and sprawling with people all pushing their way to get photos and further ahead I was oddly at peace. Maybe it was the rain and dark clouds or the smell of burning incense that made me feel in harmony but there was something about the temple that made my soul warm. You could feel the history in its wood walls.
We spent about two hours here taking photos and enjoying our surrounding, walking down and around the temple on the stone paths. It was autumn so the trees were shades of reds and yellows making it an even more magical experience.
What are your favourite temples you’ve visited? Have you ever been given that “in awe” feeling?
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