Kiyomizu-dera Photo Diary



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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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    April 1, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Your pictures are breathtaking! Amazing destination, planning on visiting it!


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      April 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you! I hope you do so I can see your photos of it 😀

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    March 31, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Stunning photos, always wanted to visit here someday. I love your nail polish design too 🙂


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      April 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks! It’s definitely worth visiting :] And thanks about the nails hard work paid off! 😛

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    March 31, 2015 at 12:38 am

    wow. this looks so beautiful, definitely want to travel there too


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      April 2, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      It really is lovely there! I hope you do :]

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    March 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    May I just say: oh my gosh! Those leaves! 😉 Shelby these are gorgeous photos and I can practically feel the peace in your soul as I look at the pictures. There is something about a grey autumn day that seeps into my heart, you know? I loved reading that poetic paragraph, it just summed everything up perfectly :). Oh and your nails are awesome!
    xX Zoe | http://life-gazing-and-wildstrawberries.blogspot.com/

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      April 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Aw Zoe you are the sweetest person! I know what you mean a cool fall day is absolute bliss. The cool air and the smell of rain.. perfection! Thank you! I don’t think id ever worked so hard on my nails before 😛


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