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A model course set at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a national scenic spot

A model course set in the scenic Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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ChiA game that general tourists cannot enter by car from Jawanzaka.Pass through security and drive a luxury car through the shrine grounds, which are crowded with worshipers.I will show you to the large auditorium.


We will be entertained with matcha tea and receive a simple sermon at the Guest Hall, which has hosted First Lady Obama and other celebrities from various fields.

Tahokaku - A majestic space protected by Buddha.

Tahokaku, which has a magnificent space, is not open to the public. Over 4,000 statues of Yakushi Nyorai, Shaka Nyorai, Amitabha Nyorai, and Taho Nyorai are enshrined on the 20m-high wall. Here we will hear the story of the pagoda and the introduction of Buddhism.


Flowers on the stone of Buddha's feet
When you look down from the top of Tahokaku, you will see the "Buddha Foot Stone" shining in the spotlight. The Buddha's foot stone is a precious stone made of black marble with the fingerprints of the Buddha's feet (11 auspicious signs). You can scatter flowers on the feet of Buddha. (*Sanka is an ancient Buddhist ritual of scattering flowers.)

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You can enjoy a spectacular view of Kyoto from the "West Gate" which is usually closed.
The beautiful vermilion-painted building was rebuilt in 1963 and has been designated as a national important cultural property. The sunset seen from here is truly beautiful and you can see the entire cityscape of Kyoto. This place is also not open to the public, so please open the specially locked gate and we will show you around.


Visit the ``Inner Hall'' of the main hall, which is not accessible to ordinary tourists.

The "Shimizu Stage" is a must-visit, but surprisingly many people pass by the main hall, which is the main hall.

In fact, the main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple is right in front of the stage. A thousand-armed Kannon statue is enshrined in the back. This time, you will have a special opportunity to enter the inner sanctum and stand in front of the Senju Kannon statue, which is the principal image, and put your palms together.

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The sermon will be held at Jojuin, which is closed to the public.
Entering Joju-in Temple, where the chief priest actually lived, the garden is one of Kyoto's three major gardens and is called the ``Moon Garden,'' with Kodai-ji Temple as a backdrop that shows off its seasonal beauty. The mysterious scenery of the garden illuminated by the moon rising over Mt. Higashiyama has fascinated people since ancient times and has been passed down from generation to generation.

While sitting on the veranda, you can listen to the monk's story slowly in the garden that gently blends with nature.
If you go to the back, you can also hear the sounds of Suikinkutsu.

Pray and dine out in the grounds of Kiyomizu Temple
Lastly, the most important prayer. This is the main topic of this article: I wish you all the best in your dreams.

You will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pray at the world-famous Kiyomizu Temple. Please close your eyes and join your hands in peace.
Afterwards, we will prepare a special dining set and lighting in the temple grounds, and a first-class chef and butler will prepare a special meal just for you. Upon request, you can enjoy delicious food slowly while watching the dances of Noh performers and geisha/maiko.

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History of Kiyomizudera


Kiyomizu-dera was founded in 778 A.D. Kenshin, a monk from Kofuku-ji, the head temple of the Hosso sect in Nara, received a message in a dream and headed north, arriving at Mt. Otowa (present-day Kiyomizu-dera) in Kyoto.

There, the moment he found the golden water source (currently Otowa Falls), he encountered ``Yukiei Koji'' wearing a white coat with an amazing aura right in front of him.

Gyoei Koji orders Kenshin to carve a thousand-armed Kannon and build a temple there.

Thinking that the dazzling aura was definitely that of Kannon, Kenshin carved a statue of Senju Kannon and placed it in the hermitage where Gyoei Koji lived, which is said to be the beginning of Kiyomizu-dera Temple today. .

At that time, there were no great temples to be found, but two years later, a strong man wandered into Mt. Otowa.

This man wandered into Mt. Otowa chasing deer in order to find deer antlers to use as medicine to cure his wife's illness.

Kenshin taught the man that killing life is a sin, and the man was deeply impressed by his teachings.

This man was Sakanoue Tamuramaro, who would later become the Seii Taishogun.

The man was grateful for his encounter with Kenshin, worshiped and thanked Kannon, and Kiyomizu-dera was built as a temple officially recognized by the Imperial Court.


1960s. It was largely rebuilt by Yoshiyoshi Onishi, who was called the father of Kiyomizu-dera's revitalization.

At the same time as the post-war era was undergoing rapid changes, many new religions were created, and after desperately searching for Buddhism that would truly be needed by society in the coming era, Ryoyoshiwajo Onishi, the head of Kiyomizu Temple at the time, left the Hosso sect. It became independent and created a new sect, the Northern Hosso Sect, and achieved independence as an independent temple.

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