21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Sunset at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera, also known as the "Temple of the Pure Water Spring," is a historic Buddhist temple nestled in Kyoto, Japan. With a rich history spanning over 1,250 years, the temple is situated halfway up Mount Otowa, amid Kyoto’s scenic Higashiyama mountain range. Dedicated to Kannon, a deity symbolizing mercy and compassion, Kiyomizu-dera attracts numerous visitors each year. I was lucky that I managed to time my visit to Kyoto with the peak of sakura season. For one week in spring, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the temple extends its opening hours until dark, offering a mesmerizing view of the pagoda and over 1,500 cherry blossoms set against the setting sun.

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Date Taken: 03.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Kyoto, Japan
Copyright: © Nina Kloss
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