Kiyomizu-dera, also known as Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera or Clear Water Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto. It was founded in the early Heian period in 798, although the current structures date back to 1633, when the temple underwent a restoration ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. The structures are built entirely without nails. Kiyomizu-dera consists of a large number of pagodas, pavilions and halls, which are spread on a hill overlooking Kyoto from the east. The temple is a popular spot on weekends when it attracts a large local crowd. Many young Japanese girls visit the temple wearing a traditional kimono. The main hall of the temple is the Hon-do.
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