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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Clear and Pure Water

Taking its name from the waterfall within its complex (Kiyomizu means pure water), the Kiyomizu-dera Temple is located in East Kyoto and founded in the early Heian period in 778 AD by Shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, with its present buildings constructed in 1633 on orders of Tokugawa Iemitsu. Included as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage sites, one amazing fact about the temple was that it was constructed without a single nail used in the entire structure.

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