Kiyomizu Temple (or Kiyomizu-dera as I am more used to calling it) is one of the most popular temples in Kyoto. In fact, you can immediately tell the moment you step into the temple grounds. People… People everywhere! It starts when you enter the Deva gate up until you exit to the streets on the hillside of the Higashiyama District. This temple was built back in the year 778 in honour of the Kannon Goddess of Mercy, but having been burned down many times since then, it was rebuilt around the Edo period (1600’s). Currently, it is one of the most visited temples in all of Japan.