While in Tokyo, Japan for the IVRPA 2018 conference, I decided to head out of the city and venture into the country. A group of us photographers decided on taking a Shinkansen or bullet train to the city of Kyoto where there are many Buddhist Temples and historical sites. While in Kyoto we visited a few Buddhist temples and traditional Japanese restaurants. One of the Buddhist temples was the Kiyomizu-dera temple.
While at the Buddhist temple, I shot several 360-degree panoramic images and then added them to Google Maps Street View as a virtual tour for you all to enjoy. Below is a 360-degree virtual tour we created while at the Kiyomizu-dera temple in the beautiful city of Kyoto.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple 360-degree street view virtual tour by Biz360Tours.
About the Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.
Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the early Heian period. The temple was founded in 778 by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water or pure water.
It was originally affiliated with the old and influential Hossō sect dating from Nara times. However, in 1965 it severed that affiliation, and its present custodians call themselves members of the “Kitahossō”.
You can also view the full 360-degree panoramic street view virtual tour on Google Maps. You can view images from the 2016 IVRPA conference we attended in Quebec here. Another cool location we had the opportunity to photograph in 360-degrees was the mysterious Georgia Guide Stones.